Blaming the Depressed: The Social Cost of Popular Self-Help Materials
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AbstractLay theory of positive thinking, promoted by popular self-help materials, claims that one can live a happier life by changing one's thinking through reading and internalising positive self-statements. Although these materials have reached a worldwide audience, psychologists have speculated these materials may promote victim-blaming. Using correlational and experimental designs (Study 1, N = 172; Study 2, N = 130), we found that the usage of positive self-statements predicts blaming attribution toward the depressed (Study 1: r = .21; Study 2: d = .38). These findings suggest that the misuse of popular self-help materials may result in propagating blaming attribution related to depression.
All Author(s) ListJune Chun Yeung, Vivian Miu-Chi Lun
Name of ConferenceThe Society for Personality and Social Psychology's Annual Convention 2018 (SPSP 2018)
Start Date of Conference01/03/2018
End Date of Conference03/03/2018
Place of ConferenceAtlanta, GA
Country/Region of ConferenceUnited States of America
Year2018
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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