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2011-09-01 12:35:32

Students are stigmatized for any number of reasons, from the clothes they wear to what model cell phone they clench in their hands. Now, in a new report, researchers from UCLA show that youths from a range of ethnic-minority backgrounds have an added burden to contend with: ethnicity-based stigmatization. Even elementary school—aged children are aware of such stigmatization and, like older youths, they feel more anxious about school as a result. In the current online edition of...

2011-08-30 11:17:06

Students are stigmatized for a variety of reasons, with youths from ethnic-minority backgrounds often feeling devalued in school. New research on young children from a range of backgrounds has found that even elementary school children are aware of such stigmatization and, like older youths, feel more anxious about school as a result. Children who are stigmatized are more likely to have less interest in school, yet ethnic-minority children in this study reported high interest in school in the...

2011-08-17 13:14:54

Women harbor a fat-stigma even though their family and closest friends may not judge them as "fat," according to findings by Arizona State University social scientists. Those research results, published Aug. 17 in the journal Social Science & Medicine, have scientists questioning the weight of messages from sources outside one's social networks, especially those in mass media marketing. "We found that women generally missed the mark when estimating what their friends and family thought...

2011-05-17 05:00:00

LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is proclaiming May 23 as "Let's Erase the Stigma Youth Day" throughout Los Angeles County to recognize youth leadership in mental health and raise interest from young people, a demographic historically uninvolved in mental health advocacy. The children's charity Let's Erase the Stigma Educational Foundation (LETS), in partnership with the Department of Mental Health, will be presented a scroll...

2011-05-13 15:00:00

Politicians should be careful when they rail against mainstream news media. A study from North Carolina State University shows that perceived bias of media outlets can lead to increased political engagement "“ but only on specific issues. When there is a general perception of bias in the news media it actually results in increased apathy among citizens. "With this study, we wanted to see whether people's perception of media bias affected their political participation, beyond voting,"...

2011-05-06 12:00:00

LOS ANGELES, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The children's charity Let's Erase the Stigma Educational Foundation (LETS) will host its First Annual Youth Summit at the California Endowment on May 23, 2011 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. This year's Summit will focus on mental health and social inclusion, where 250 high school students from Los Angeles County schools and Transition Age Youth programs will receive scholarships to spend the day talking openly about mental illness and stigma....

2011-03-07 00:00:27

Houstonians launch a new chapter of The Walk for Mental Health to be held at Stude Park on Saturday, October 15, 2011. Spring, TX (PRWEB) March 6, 2011 Steve Curran, Founder of The Walk and Houston Walk President, Patrick McIlvain joined the Board for a kick-off celebration and announced October 15, 2011 as the date of the First Annual Houston Walk for Mental Health to be held in Stude Park. Author and Board member, Susan Parker was also on hand to share her story. "At forty one, my...

2010-11-04 13:58:00

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The LETS Educational Foundation continues to implement innovative fundraising events to help raise awareness and funds that empower youth to eradicate the stigma of mental illness. LETS will hold their First Annual Benefit & Silent Auction at the Coupa Cafe at 419 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills Thursday evening, November 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The evening will include performances by a youth jazz band and awards...

2010-10-13 11:19:03

With racism still prevalent in the 21st century, taking about the color of someone's skin -- even if it's your own -- can be a sensitive subject.  A recent study looks at how African-Americans and Caucasians identify with their own racial group, and shows that you may not be able to truthfully say how you feel about your own race. Contemporary racism is not conscious, and it is not accompanied by dislike, so it gets expressed in indirect, subtle ways.  That "stealth" discrimination...

2010-10-08 02:04:18

A new study from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis looks at how much African Americans and whites favor or prefer their own racial group over the other, how much they identify with their own racial group, and how positively they feel about themselves. The work, by Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the School of Science at IUPUI, looked at both consciously controllable sentiments and gut feelings about social stigma and...