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Psychological therapy for self-esteem affected by prejudice, discrimination of stigma

This research study based at King's College London is looking to evaluate a psychological therapy for improving low self-esteem and well-being in young people, who identify that prejudice, discrimination or stigma has affected their self-esteem.

The study involves participants taking part in an interview/assessment to explore the impact of low self-esteem and related experiences. It will then involve 6 weekly therapy session of psychological intervention aimed at improving low self-esteem and related experiences. The team are collecting feedback from participants about what it is like to receive the intervention, and looking at outcomes through questionnaires at multiple time points. Questionnaires will be online and take place at screening, sessions 1, 4 and 6 with a final follow-up questionnaire 2 months after finishing the intervention.

Taking part means being offered help for low self-esteem. The study team hope that this will be beneficial, but cannot guarantee this. They can send a copy of the final report when it is completed, and can give feedback on changes in questionnaire scores.


We are looking for:

Participants, who:

  • are aged between 16 and 24 years old
  • self-identify at least one stigmatized characteristic which has affected their self-esteem
  • have low self-esteem which is affecting daily functioning
  • can commit to the full intervention (weekly sessions for 6 weeks)
  • are registered with a GP in the UK
  • are not currently receiving another pyschological therapy


  • London


Participants will receive travel expenses up to a maximum of around£10 per session. 

Contact information:

For further information please visit the study website here.

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