, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 127-136

Psychoeducation to Address Stigma in Black Adults Referred for Mental Health Treatment: A Randomized Pilot Study

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Forty-two Black clients referred for outpatient treatment were randomly assigned to receive existing brochures about services or a psychoeducational booklet about stigma based on experiences of Black mental health consumers. At 3-month follow-up, clients reported that both types of information were helpful; there were no significant differences between the types of information on treatment attendance. However, individuals who reported higher perceived treatment need or greater uncertainty about treatment showed greater stigma reduction from the psychoeducation. Findings indicate the need to move beyond “customer satisfaction” to evaluate educational interventions, as well as for greater understanding of differential impact of stigma reduction interventions.