Understanding the Stigma of Mental Illness: Theory and Interventions
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.
List of contributors
1 The rights of a powerless legion
2 Cross-cultural aspects of the stigma of mental illness
Bernice A. Pescosolido, Sigrun Olafsdottir, Jack K. Martin and J. Scott Long
The WPA Global Programme against Stigma and Discrimination because of Schizophrenia
4 ‘Fighting stigma and discrimination because of schizophrenia –
Open the Doors’: a collaborative review of the experience from the German project centres
A.E. Baumann, W. Gaebel, et al.
5 Stigma and health care staff
Juan J. López-Ibor Jr., Olga Cuenca and María-Inés López-Ibor
6 Evaluating programmatic needs concerning the stigma of mental illness
7 Using the Internet for fighting the stigma of schizophrenia
8 Building an evidence base for anti-stigma programming
9 Other people stigmatize . . . but, what about us? Attitudes of mental health professionals towards patients with schizophrenia
10 Implementing anti stigma programmes in Boulder, Colorado and Calgary, Alberta
11 Stigma measurement approaches: conceptual origins and current applications
Lawrence H. Yang, Bruce G. Link and Jo C. Phelan
Appendix Inventories to measure the scope and impact of stigma experiences from the perspective of those who are stigmatized – consumer and family versions
Heather Stuart, Michelle Koller and Roumen Milev