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Aspirations for a cooperative community and support for mental health advocacy: A shared orientation through opinion-based group membership

Gee, A. and McGarty, C. (2013) Aspirations for a cooperative community and support for mental health advocacy: A shared orientation through opinion-based group membership. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43 . E426-E441.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12021
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Abstract

This research examines the role of aspirations for cooperative relations between people with mental disorders and other community members in influencing commitment to stigma-reducing practices and promoting positive social change. Two studies demonstrated that a measure of aspirations for a cooperative community is distinct from social and community identification measures and strongly predicts positive beliefs and behavioral intentions. Findings support the proposal that these aspirations reflect a shared ideology for members of an opinion-based group that support mental health advocacy. The findings provide evidence that the aspirations construct adds to knowledge about collective identities and offers a useful tool for designing stigma reduction and social-change strategies for the benefit of people with mental disorders.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: Wiley
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/16324
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