Filmed social contact v. internet self-learning to reduce mental health-related stigma among university students in Japan: a randomized controlled trial

Presentation First Author: 
Sosei Yamaguchi

Objectives Recent systematic reviews have revealed that (filmed) social contact can be effective to reduce mental health-related stigma. The reviews also pointed out the problems; few studies that assessed behaviours and conducted long term follow-up. In addition, nowadays many young people can actually see the news and videos about mental health using the internet, if they interested in such topics. However, no studies investigated the influences of the free use of internet on mental health-related stigma. Therefore, we have conducted a randomised controlled (trial Number: UMIN000012239) to evaluate the efficacy of filmed social contact and internet self-leaning on reducing mental health-related stigma. Methods The students from several universities were randomly assigned to filmed social contact (SC) group, internet self-learning (INT) group or control group. In the SC group, a video-based lecture including users recovery story was given to the participants. In the INT group, the participants searched web-pages about mental health information using the keywords provided (e.g. schizophrenia). The participants in the control group played games (e.g. poker). Each intervention took around 30 minutes. The follow-up surveys were/will be conducted immediately, 1 month and 12 months after the interventions. The outcome measures included Mental Illness and Disorder Understanding Scale (MIDUS), Japanese language version of Social Distance Scale (SDSJ), Reported and Intended Behaviour Scale – Japanese version (RIBS-J). Results and conclusion Until February 2014, 148 students (male = 86, age = 20.3) completed pre-, post- and 1 month follow-up surveys. In this session, we will present the results from 250 participants.

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Presentation Date: 
January, 2015
Additional Authors: 
Shinsuke Koike - Yasutaka Ojio - Takafumi Shimada - Kei-ichiro Watanabe - Shuntaro Ando
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