Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Judith E. Fox, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
Laura Jane Meyer, Ph.D.
Third Committee Member
Rebecca Howard, Psy.D.
Narrative therapy, Empowerment, Self-stigma, Courtesy stigma, Affiliate stigma, Children and adolescents
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The effects of self-stigma on children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses is a documented psychological issue in academic literature; however, no studies or articles to date present strategies for reducing its negative effects. Additionally, very few studies have connected the experience of parental stigma, or courtesy/affiliate stigma, and its effects on child and family well-being. Self-stigma has been conceptualized as existing on the opposite end of the spectrum from empowerment, suggesting that empowerment may serve as a promising approach to tackling self-stigmatization. This paper presents a novel therapeutic intervention for reducing self-stigma in children, adolescents, and their families through a narrative therapy approach, which serves to increase psychological empowerment.
Baldwin, Jillian, "Narrative Therapy to Reduce Self-Stigma: Empowering Children, Adolescents, and Their Families" (2020). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 389.