Internalized stigma as stressor – pathophysiological and psychological consequences for intervention development (Prof. Dr. Claudia Luck-Sikorski)
The stigmatization and discrimination obese people are facing, have a negative stress-like impact on their health – especially if the negative external image becomes the self-image (self-stigma). Study participants (probands) with a high level and with a low level of self-stigma are interviewed, saliva- and blood samples and tested for cortisol, a hormone that is associated with stress. Based on previous research on stigma complemented by the results of this study the scientists will develop a new intervention approach in cognitive behavioral therapy, which enables the patients to better cope with stigmatization.
The groups of probands treated this way will be interviewed, and saliva- and blood samples will be tested again. In the long run an intervention manual will be drafted to effectively treat stigmatized patients. This is important since especially self-stigma reduces the success of weight reduction therapies.
Duration: 01.08.2016 – 30.04.2019
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