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Disgust propensity has a causal link to the stigmatization of people with cancer

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  • Haffiezhah A. Azlan
  • Paul G. Overton
  • Jane Simpson
  • Philip A. Powell
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/06/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume43
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)377-390
Publication statusPublished
Early online date21/12/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Disgust-driven stigma may be motivated by an assumption that a stigmatized target presents a disease threat, even in the absence of objective proof. Accordingly, even non-contagious diseases, such as cancer, can become stigmatized by eliciting disgust. This study had two parts: a survey (n = 272), assessing the association between disgust traits and cancer stigma; and an experiment, in which participants were exposed to a cancer surgery (n = 73) or neutral video (n = 68), in order to test a causal mechanism for the abovementioned association. Having a higher proneness to disgust was associated with an increased tendency to stigmatize people with cancer. Further, a significant causal pathway was observed between disgust propensity and awkwardness- and avoidance-based cancer stigma via elevated disgust following cancer surgery exposure. In contrast, those exposed to cancer surgery not experiencing elevated disgust reported less stigma than controls. Exposure-based interventions, which do not elicit disgust, may be profitable in reducing cancer stigma.

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10865-019-00130-4