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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders:
The Evidence for Stigma Change

Commissioned Papers

Introduction to Papers
A series of papers was commissioned by the Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms in order to synthesize the evidence base on social norms, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors toward persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. As much as possible, authors were asked to synthesize existing meta-analyses and reviews of the literature. 
The papers can be downloaded by clicking on the titles below. The first three papers focus on measurement of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of people toward mental health and mental illness, substance use and disorders, and physical health and illness. The next four papers focus on the context and factors that influence attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors toward persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. The final paper summarizes what is known on the effectiveness of interventions to improve attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.
Measurement of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors of Mental Health and Mental Illness by Lawrence Yang of Columbia University and Bruce Link of the University of California at Riverside
Stigma and Substance Use: A Methodological Review by Matthew Pearson of the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions at the University of New Mexico
Structural Stigma and Mental Illness by Tracy Pugh and Mark Hatzenbuehler of Columbia University, and Bruce Link of the University of California at Riverside
Influencers of the Stigma Complex toward Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders by Jennifer Merrill and Peter Monti of the Center on Alcohol and Addictions Studies at Brown University
Stigma and Discrimination in Behavioral and Physical Healthcare Settings by Andrea Bink of the Illinois Institute of Technology
Strategies for Changing the Stigma of Behavioral Healthcare by Lindsay Sheehan, Illinois Institute of Technology

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