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The impact of anticipated stigma on psychological and physical health problems in the unemployed group

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dc.contributor.author O'Donnell, Aisling T.
dc.contributor.author Corrigan, Fiona
dc.contributor.author Gallagher, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-28T14:16:47Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-28T14:16:47Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation O'Donnell, AT,Corrigan, F,Gallagher, S (2015) 'The impact of anticipated stigma on psychological and physical health problems in the unemployed group'. Frontiers in psychology, 6 . en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4692
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Previous research has demonstrated that the unemployed suffer increased psychological and physical health problems compared to their employed counterparts. Further, unemployment leads to an unwanted new social identity that is stigmatizing, and stigma is known to be a stressor causing psychological and physical health problems. However, it is not yet known whether being stigmatized as an unemployed group member is associated with psychological and physical health in this group. The current study tested the impact of anticipated stigma (AS) on psychological distress (PD) and physical health problems, operationalized as somatic symptoms (SSs), in a volunteer sample of unemployed people. Results revealed that AS had a direct effect on both PD and SSs, such that greater AS significantly predicted higher levels of both. Moreover, the direct effect on SSs became non-significant when PD was taken into account. Thus, to the extent that unemployed participants anticipated experiencing greater stigma, they also reported increased PD, and this PD predicted increased SSs. Our findings complement and extend the existing literature on the relationships between stigmatized identities, PD and physical health problems, particularly in relation to the unemployed group. This group is important to consider both theoretically, given the unwanted and transient nature of the identity compared to other stigmatized identities, but also practically, as the findings indicate a need to orient to the perceived valence of the unemployed identity and its effects on psychological and physical health. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Psychology;
dc.relation.ispartofseries 6, Article 1263
dc.rights This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission. en_US
dc.subject anticipated stigma en_US
dc.subject stigmatization en_US
dc.subject psychological distress en_US
dc.subject depression en_US
dc.subject anxiety en_US
dc.subject physical health symptoms en_US
dc.subject unemployment en_US
dc.subject unemployed identity en_US
dc.title The impact of anticipated stigma on psychological and physical health problems in the unemployed group en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2015-10-12T14:28:04Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.identifier.doi 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01263
dc.contributor.sponsor IRC
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1597164
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Frontiers in psychology
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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