Stigma, Social Comparison and Self-Esteem in Adults with an Intellectual Disability

Paterson, Lucy, McKenzie, Karen and Lindsay, William (2012) Stigma, Social Comparison and Self-Esteem in Adults with an Intellectual Disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 25 (2). pp. 166-176. ISSN 1360-2322

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Background: The paper examines the perception of stigma in 43 adults with an intellectual disability, the relationship this has with their psychological well-being and whether the process of social comparison has a moderating effect on this relationship.

Materials and Methods: A questionnaire-based, within-participant design was used. Participants completed three self-report measures of perception of stigma, self-esteem and social comparison.

Results: Perception of stigma was found to be significantly related to negative social comparisons, which in turn was significantly related to low self-esteem. No difference was found between social comparisons made with other service users and those made with people in the community. Social comparison was not found to have a moderating effect on the relationship between stigma and self-esteem.

Conclusion: This study provides support for the influence of the perception of stigma and social comparison on the self-concept of individuals with an intellectual disability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intellectual disability; social comparison; stigma
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Karen McKenzie
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 08:12
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 15:30

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