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Saturday, October 25 • 09:40 - 10:40
Session 9A: The Role of Internet Interventions in Reducing Self-Stigma and Addressing Stigma Concerns

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In this symposium the potential of internet-based interventions for addressing stigma concerns and reducing internalised stigma in persons with mental and physical health difficulties will be examined. Internet-based interventions may make treatment more accessible for persons who would otherwise not seek help due to stigma concerns. In addition, internet-based interventions may help reduced internalised stigma, or the extent to which a person internalises society’s negative view of an attribute they hold such as their sexuality or a mental or physical health difficulty. In the first paper a review of stigma will be provided, including internalised stigma and it’s impact on health and quality of life. The potential for technology to mitigate the influence of stigma and reduce internalised stigma will be discussed. The second paper will focus on research involving the use of technology to reduce internalised stigma in people with severe mental illness. In the third paper, research will be presented about an innovative internet intervention tailored to improve mental health outcomes, including through reducing internalised homophobia, in same-sex attracted young adults. The focus of the fourth paper will be results from an efficacy trial of therapist-guided internet-therapy for postpartum depression. The final paper will be focused on the role of internet interventions in reducing stigma associated with psychological distress and treatment side effects from prostate cancer. This will draw on research findings from interventions for men with prostate cancer and their partners.

Abstracts: 0098, 0100, 0103, 0123, 0161 


Reaching out to Women with Postpartum Depression: An Efficacy Trial of a Therapist-Guided Internet-Delivered Therapy for Postpartum Depression


Nicole Pugh1, Heather Hadjistavropoulos1,  1University of Regina, Regina, SK, Canada

Out and Online: Development, User Profile and Usability of an Online Intervention to Improve Mental Health and Reduce Internalised Homophobia in Same-Sex Attracted Young Adults
Jo Abbott1, Britt Klein2,4, Mari Molloy2, Suzanne McLaren2, David Austin3, Denny Meyer1,  1Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, 2Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 3Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia, 4The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia 

A Review of the Internalised-Stigma Literature and Considerations for Internet-Based Intervention Development
Bronte McLeod1, Neil Thomas1, Jo Abbott1,  1Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia

Exploring the role of an Online Psychological Support Program for Men with Prostate Cancer in overcoming barriers to access appropriate support for mental and sexual problems
Addie Wootten2,3, Jo Abbott4, David Austin5, Britt Klein7,4, Declan Murphy6, Anthony Costello1,3, Katherine Chisholm5, Marita McCabe5,  1Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, VIC, Australia, 2Epworth Prostate Centre, Richmond, VIC, Australia, 3Australian Prostate Cancer Research, East Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 4Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, 5Deakin University, Burwood, VIC, Australia, 6Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 7Federation University, Ballarat, VIC, Australia

From peer support to video modelling to undermine self-stigma: MI Recovery and development of the Self-Management and Recovery Technology (SMART) system
Neil Thomas1, John Farhall2, Cassy Nunan3, Fiona Foley1, Nuwan Leitan1, Michael Kyrios1,  1Swinburne University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


 


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Saturday October 25, 2014 09:40 - 10:40 CEST
Room: PARANINFO Universitat de València - C/ de la Universitat, 2, Valencia

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