Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS)

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Spring 2015


This study sought to investigate the relationship between stigma and climate for the strategic priorities of health and safety. Using a two-wave longitudinal design (N = 650), confirmatory factor analysis indicated that stigma is distinct from psychological climate. Additionally, we fit safety and health stigma within the broader conceptual linking mechanisms of their respective climates. The results were somewhat supportive of the hypothesized linking mechanisms of safety stigma but not for health stigma. Lastly, both types of stigma were found to be associated with poorer psychological health.