Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Evaluation of Persuasiveness of Messages to Reduce Stigma towards Bulimia Nervosa

Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Evaluation of Persuasiveness of Messages to Reduce Stigma towards Bulimia Nervosa

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Author(s): SiAcentsn A McLean[sup.1], Susan J Paxton[sup.1], Jonathan M Mond[sup.2], Phillipa J Hay[sup.3] and Bryan Rodgers[sup.4]

Public health interventions are needed to reduce stigma towards bulimia nervosa (BN) to enhance appropriate treatment seeking. This study aimed to evaluate persuasiveness of health messages designed to increase mental health literacy about BN. A community sample of adults (N = 2092) completed self-report measures of knowledge about BN, stigma towards BN and ratings of persuasiveness of health messages on dimensions of convincingness and likelihood of changing attitudes. Messages highlighting that BN is a serious mental illness and that BN has nothing to do with attention seeking were rated as significantly more convincing and significantly more likely to change one's and others' attitudes towards BN than messages describing treatment options for BN. Ratings of message convincingness were positively associated with knowledge about BN for males, but not for females. Knowledge was not related to likelihood of changing attitudes. …

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