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Title: Comparing self-stigma between people with different mental disorders in Taiwan
Authors: Chang, CC
Wu, TH
Chen, CY
Lin, CY 
Keywords: Anxiety disorder
Bipolar disorder
Depressive disorder
Schizophrenia
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Source: Journal of nervous and mental disease, 2016, v. 204, no. 7, p. 547-553 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of nervous and mental disease 
Abstract: Internalized stigma (or self-stigma), one of the most painful effects of stigma, causes people with mental health problems profound negative consequences, for example, psychological adversity, demoralization, and feelings of hopelessness. However, knowledge about self-stigma in people with different mental disorders is insufficient. We hypothesized that people with different psychiatric diagnoses have different levels of self-stigma. Through convenience sampling, we used the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness Scale to compare people diagnosed with schizophrenia (n = 161), depressive disorder (n = 98), bipolar disorder (n = 43), and anxiety disorder (n = 45) in southern Taiwan. We found that people with schizophrenia (mean, 2.09-2.30) and those with bipolar disorder (mean, 2.16-2.38) had significantly higher levels of self-stigma, except for the Stigma Resistance, than did those with anxiety disorder (mean, 1.74-1.87). Our results suggest that clinicians should use different interventions to reduce self-stigma for populations with different psychiatric diagnoses.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/61520
ISSN: 0022-3018
DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000537
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