La couverture du « livre vivant » fait-elle son histoire? : Tournez la page pour découvrir l'expérience vécue de « lecteurs » de la Bibliothèque vivante à l'égard des personnes ayant un trouble mental

Authors: Chabot, Isabelle
Advisor: St-Onge, Myreille
Abstract: People with mental disorders are particularly affected by stigmatization, which can lead to discriminatory behaviors and can deprive them of their right to be acknowledged and to participate in society. Considering the various challenges of stigmatization and discrimination that these persons must face, it is important to document initiatives that aim to reduce prejudices. This study focuses on the Danish initiative, The Human Library, which was adapted in the province of Québec under the name of À livres ouverts. Its objective is to explore the experiences of the participants, known as “readers”, while documenting their way of perceiving people with mental disorders. The analysis of the data from the 38 “readers” revealed that participants have a relatively positive view of these people, which could be a result of them being in contact with each other during the activity. Experiencing this initiative allowed them to expand their knowledge of mental disorders. In this regard, the results of the study show that this experience and the connections they made with the other persons act positively on their perceptions toward them. This relationship seems to help them know more about these individuals and understand their realities. It seems that this proximity sensitized the “readers” to this issue and reduced their negative perceptions of people with mental disorders. Could we then draw from Denmark’s education system and introduce children to social empathy by pairing them up with people from all aspects of life? This could awaken their openness toward people who are different from them. This is one of the suggestions that emerge from this master’s thesis.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2018
Open Access Date: 11 June 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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