2. Keynote: Erasing the stigma of mental illness: What says the Dodo bird? (Patrick Corrigan)

Kinderklinik, Ettore Rossi

The Dodo Bird is an Alice in Wonderland character who, at the end of a race, concludes “Everybody has won and all must have prizes.” The Dodo Bird effect has been used to describe a conundrum resulting from behavioral change research that fails to distinguish superiority among discrete strategies for psychotherapeutic change.  Research on stigma change may find itself at this point.  Advocates have developed and implemented multiple approaches to changing stigma; might some of these be shown to have more beneficial impact than others?  This presentation examines both the benefits and the negative unintended consequences of stigma change programs, considering the effects of education versus contact on the stigma of mental illness.