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The Social Cure

5. Social Curses

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Lecture

In this module, we consider so-called ‘social curses’, instances where group identification can have a negative impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing. We look at a range of studies which have investigated how identification with stigmatised groups may prevent individuals from seeking the help they need (Bowe, 2018; Kearns, 2018) and how the adoption of damaging group norms may lead individuals to behave in ways that are detrimental to their own health (Livingstone, 2011).

Course

In this course, Dr Mhairi Bowe (Nottingham Trent University), discusses the social identity approach to health, also known as the ‘social cure’. In module one, we think about the social identity approach in psychology more generally and how it relates to health and wellbeing. We then move on, in module two, to look at some early research in this area which led to the development of the social cure theory in the early 2000s. Module four focuses on more recent approaches to the social cure theory, while module five explores how it can be applied practically to improve health outcomes in clinical and community settings. Finally, in module six, we consider so-called ‘social curses’, instances where group identification can have a negative health impact on individual group members, e.g. due to stigmatisation.

Lecturer

Dr Mhairi Bowe is a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology and Mental Health in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Mhairi is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a teacher of Psychology, and an active researcher. Mhairi lectures in social psychology, community psychology, mental health, and clinical practice at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Mhairi supervises research projects at both undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate levels (MSc and PhD), as well as running a series of tutorials and workshops.

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Bowe, M. (2020, February 13). The Social Cure - Social Curses [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-social-cure/social-curses

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Bowe, Mhairi. "The Social Cure – Social Curses." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 13 Feb 2020, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-social-cure/social-curses

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