The first podcast of 2019 features Bernice A. Pescosolido, professor of Sociology at Indiana University. Bernice is one of the most prominent medical sociologists in the U.S. and, in her research, she has focused on stigma toward individuals experiencing mental illnesses and health service utilization. She is the principal investigator on the Stigma in Global Context – Mental Health Study, that focused on public attitudes toward mental health problems. Iceland participated in that study and the results showed that stigma of mental illness is lower in Iceland than most of the other 17 participating countries. Sigrun and Bernice have known each other for a long time, as Bernice was the chair of Sigrun´s dissertation at Indiana University. During the podcast, they discuss issues related to mental health and how sociology contributes to our understanding of them, as well as Bernice´s friendship with the actress Glenn Close, but their friendship was a result of a common commitment to reducing stigma in society.
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