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Background: Recent investigations provide evidence of stigma against people with a diagnosis of mental illness. Aims: The purpose of this study was to provide an account of the life experiences of persons with schizophrenia. Focusing on the individuals' personal reports of events and situations,...
Background: There are costs and benefits for people with psychiatric disorders to decide to disclose publicly these disorders. Aims: The gay and lesbian community has struggled with the same tension and their discoveries about coming out may prove useful for the disclosure concerns of persons...
Background: Mass media (e.g., television news and entertainment programming, films and newspapers) are a primary source for information about mental illnesses. Aims: The possible effects of media coverage and predominant frames in which mental illnesses are portrayed are discussed. Methods:...
Background: A growing body of research suggests that personal experience with people who have a mental illness can reduce stigmatizing attitudes towards mental illness. However, the generalizability of these findings has been restrained by their samples and operational definitions of contact and...
Background: Previous campaigns to combat stigma emphasise the need for people who do not have mental health problems to behave in a non-stigmatising socially inclusive way towards those who do. Less attention has been given to the role of people with mental health problems in the construction of...
Background: It has been suggested that media portrayals help to perpetuate the negative perceptions and attitudes of the public toward people living with mental illnesses. Children are significant consumers of mass media, and they may be learning about mental illnesses from their exposure to...
Title: Interpersonal contact and the stigma of mental illness: A review of the literature Background. Stigmatization of mental illness is widespread in Western societies ( Crisp et al ., 2001 ) and other cultures ( Chung et al ., 2001 ). Furthermore, researchers have found that stigma is...
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