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Seminar I Cultural difference in stigmatization: The role of moralization

Seminars / Lectures / Workshops

  • Date

    14 Sep 2022

  • Organiser

    Department of English and Communication

  • Time

    17:00 - 18:00

  • Venue



Prof. Stefano Occhipinti


Stigmatization is associated with many negative health behaviors and outcomes. Stigma itself is a multilevel, group-based phenomenon and is most amenable to a correspondingly multimodal research perspective. A key deficit of stigma research is the lack of a coherent model of culture. As well, much of the research that does incorporate culture is based on Asian immigrant populations in Western cultures. By contrast, research on the cultural, psychological, and communicative underpinnings of health stigma in Asia is severely lacking. In this seminar, I will address evidence recently collected in two ongoing research projects based in Hong Kong and Australia and in Hong Kong, Australia, and the Philippines, respectively. Quantitative arms with 1031 and 1413 participants, respectively, followed up by interviews with approximately 90 informants across the studies provide rich sources of data. This presentation will focus on differences across cultures in perceptions of stigmatized health conditions and will particularly examine the role of the construct of moralization in these processes. As well, time permitting, I will cover some of the cultural differences we found in willingness to communicate stigmatization.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Stefano Occhipinti

Prof. Stefano Occhipinti


Professor Stefano Occhipinti was originally trained in experimental psychology at the University of Queensland. His research has involved areas such rationality and decision making in health; the social context of men’s health (especially in cancer); cancer survivorship; stigma, and emotions in health decision making. His work has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), the Australian Research Council, the Cancer Council Queensland, Cancer Australia, among others. His work has been published in journals such as Health Psychology, The Lancet, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Journal of Thoracic Oncology (editors’ choice paper). He specialises in the application of both qualitative approaches and innovative data analytic techniques to address complementary research questions. His current work uses hybrids of quantitative methods and discourse to address constructs such as health stigmas that are plagued by social desirability issues. Professor Stefano Occhipinti is also involved in ongoing work examining: moralization and health and beliefs regarding preferences for the natural (e.g., medicines, foods.)

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