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Intellectual disability nursing
Pilot study confirms the feasibility of implementing a group intervention to help people with intellectual disabilities cope with stigma
  1. Alvaro Cavieres
  1. Psychiatry, Universidad de Valparaíso, Valparaiso, Chile
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alvaro Cavieres, Psychiatry, Universidad de Valparaíso, Valparaiso, 951, Chile; cavieres.alvaro{at}

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Commentary on: Scior K, Cooper R, Fenn K, Poole L, Colman S, Ali A, Baum S, Crabtree J, Doswell S, Jahoda A, Hastings R, Richardson L. 'Standing up for Myself' (STORM): Development and qualitative evaluation of a psychosocial group intervention designed to increase the capacity of people with intellectual disabilities to manage and resist stigma. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2022 Nov;35(6):1297-1306. doi: 10.1111/jar.13018. Epub 2022 Jul 4.

Implications for practice and research

  • People with intellectual disabilities should have access to intervention programmes to increase their capacity to resist stigma.

  • Research should focus on identifying additional factors for favourable outcomes.


According to the socialcognitive model, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination are components of stigma formation. In turn, vulnerable individuals may become aware of public stereotypes, agree with them and apply them to their situation, resulting in an internalised or self-stigma.1 A recent meta-analysis …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.