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Disgust propensity has a causal link to the stigmatization of people with cancer

Azlan, Haffiezhah An-Nadiah and Overton, Paul Geoffrey and Simpson, Jane and Powell, Philip A. (2020) Disgust propensity has a causal link to the stigmatization of people with cancer. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 43 (3). pp. 377-390. ISSN 01607715

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Abstract

Disgust-driven stigma may be motivated by an assumption that a stigmatized target presents a disease threat, even in the absence of objective proof. Accordingly, even non-contagious diseases, such as cancer, can become stigmatized by eliciting disgust. This study had two parts: a survey (n = 272), assessing the association between disgust traits and cancer stigma; and an experiment, in which participants were exposed to a cancer surgery (n = 73) or neutral video (n = 68), in order to test a causal mechanism for the abovementioned association. Having a higher proneness to disgust was associated with an increased tendency to stigmatize people with cancer. Further, a significant causal pathway was observed between disgust propensity and awkwardness- and avoidance-based cancer stigma via elevated disgust following cancer surgery exposure. In contrast, those exposed to cancer surgery not experiencing elevated disgust reported less stigma than controls. Exposure-based interventions, which do not elicit disgust, may be profitable in reducing cancer stigma

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Avoidance; Cancer; Disgust propensity; Disease-avoidance; Exposure; Stigma
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Suhani Saarani
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2021 08:29
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2021 08:29
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/87994

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