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Understanding the Stigma of Mental Illness: Theory and Interventions

ISBN/ASIN: 9780470723289,9780470997642 | 2008 | English | pdf | 215/215 pages | 3.54 Mb

Many mentally ill people are the victims of stigma, which leads to additional suffering and humiliation. Negative stereotypes and prejudicial attitudes against them are often reinforced by their media representation as unpredictable, violent and dangerous. Hence the importance of the study of stigma as an explanatory construct of much that transpires in the management of the mentally ill in our societies.

This book describes the experience of stigmatization at the level of the individual, and seeks to measure stigma and discrimination from the following perspectives: Self imposed stigma due to shame, guilt and low self esteem; Socially imposed stigma due to social stereotyping and prejudice; and Structurally imposed stigma, caused by policies, practices, and laws that discriminate against the mentally ill.

This book briefly describes programmes that aim to reduce such stigma then looks at ways to evaluate their effectiveness. It is the first book to focus on evaluation and research methodologies in stigma and mental health. It also:

* presents new interventions to reduce stigma

* describes the various international programmes which help reduce stigma

* discusses the use of the internet as an international tool to promote awareness of stigma in mental health.

Understanding the Stigma of Mental Illness is essential reading for clinicians and researchers who wish to apply or develop stigma reduction programmes. It is also a valuable addition to the libraries of political analysts, policy makers, clinicians, researchers, and all those interested in how to approach and measure this distressing social phenomenon.Content:
Chapter 1 The Rights of a Powerless Legion (pages 1–17): Julio Arboleda?Florez
Chapter 2 Cross?Cultural Aspects of the Stigma of Mental Illness (pages 19–35): Bernice A. Pescosolido, Sigrun Olafsdottir, Jack K. Martin and J. Scott Long
Chapter 3 The WPA Global Programme against Stigma and Discrimination because of Schizophrenia (pages 37–47): Norman Sartorius
Chapter 4 ‘Fighting Stigma and Discrimination because of Schizophrenia – Open the Doors’: A Collaborative Review of the Experience from the German Project Centres (pages 49–67): A. E. Baumann and W. Gaebel
Chapter 5 Stigma and Health Care Staff (pages 69–83): Juan J. Lopez?Ibor, Olga Cuenca and Maria?Ines Lopez?Ibor
Chapter 6 Evaluating Programmatic Needs Concerning the Stigma of Mental Illness (pages 85–124): Beate Schulze
Chapter 7 Using the Internet for Fighting the Stigma of Schizophrenia (pages 125–133): Hugh Schulze
Chapter 8 Building an Evidence Base for Anti?Stigma Programming (pages 135–145): Heather Stuart
Chapter 9 Other people stigmatize …but, What about us? Attitudes of Mental Health Professionals towards Patients with Schizophrenia (pages 147–159): Alp Ucok
Chapter 10 Implementing Anti Stigma Programmes in Boulder, Colorado and Calgary, Alberta (pages 161–174): Richard Warner
Chapter 11 Stigma Measurement Approaches: Conceptual Origins and Current Applications (pages 175–192): Lawrence H. Yang, Bruce G. Link and Jo C. Phelan

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