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From social curse to social cure: A self-help group community intervention for people affected by leprosy in Nepal

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dc.contributor.author Jay, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Winterburn, Michael
dc.contributor.author Choudhary, Ramesh
dc.contributor.author Jha, Kiran
dc.contributor.author Sah, Arbind Kumar
dc.contributor.author O'Connell, Brenda H.
dc.contributor.author O'Donnell, Aisling T.
dc.contributor.author Moynihan, Andrew B
dc.contributor.author Muldoon, Orla T.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-05T08:50:46Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-05T08:50:46Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9848
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Leprosy is endemic in Nepal and disproportionately affects the most marginalized. Leprosy related stigma can be characterized as a social curse, because those affected are excluded from group life and social participation which has severe implications for psychological health. The Nepal Leprosy Trust run a community-based self-help group intervention that aims to develop a new empowered identity to re-establish access to multiple group memberships' through social participation. In this applied cross-sectional study, informed by the Social Identity Model of Identity Change, we assess this intervention. Participants (N = 98) were members of self-help groups in 10 rural villages in Nepal, and completed measures of self-help group identification, access to multiple groups, internalized stigma and wellbeing. Mediation models indicated that self-help group identification was indirectly linked to reduced stigma and increased well-being through access to multiple groups. Supporting the Social Identity Model of Identity Change, we present novel evidence that group-based interventions can offer new valued identities that link to social cure resources, even in the most adverse circumstances. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology;pp.1–12
dc.subject identity resources en_US
dc.subject multiple groups en_US
dc.subject self-help groups en_US
dc.title From social curse to social cure: A self-help group community intervention for people affected by leprosy in Nepal 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.identifier.doi 10.1002/casp.2510
dc.contributor.sponsor IRB en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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