Social Stigma Toward Suicide: Effects of Group Categorization and Attributions in Korean Health News

Hannah Lee, Soontae An

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the influence of health news content on the stigma of suicide. In particular, this study tested whether the onset controllability and group categorization had a causal effect on people’s stigma toward suicide. The results indicated that stigma scores were lower for those who read an article explaining the causes of suicide as uncontrollable than for those who read an article explaining the causes as controllable. Also, lower stigma scores were observed for those who read an article depicting suicidal people as the in-group compared to those who read an article depicting suicidal people as the out-group. Furthermore, stigma scores were the highest for those exposed to an article with the out-group categorization combined with the controllable causes of suicide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-477
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Communication
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2016

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