Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Judith E. Fox, Ph.D.
Laura Jane Meyer, Ph.D.
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.