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

Azlan, Haffiezhah A. and Overton, Paul G. and Simpson, Jane and Powell, Philip A. (2019) Disgust propensity has a causal link to the stigmatization of people with cancer. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. ISSN 0160-7715

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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: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10865-019-00130-4
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 140077
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2020 15:35
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 04:29
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/140077

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