P49: Humor and the stigma of mental illness

Corrigan and colleagues of the Department of Psychology of the Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL) investigated the role humor can have in the decrease of stigma. They created three conditions (self-disclosure comedy, non-disclosure comedy and a control condition) and assessed attitudes and comic perceptions. Perceptions of the self-disclosed comic condition were associated with reduced stigma. The affiliative humor style enhanced this effect even further. Read more.