Understanding the Stigma of Mental Illness

Author(s): Julio Arboleda-Florez

Psychology & Counselling

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.


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"This book does not try to argue against the reality of mental illness, but rather to understand and combat the stigma associated with it. The result is a balance of textbook and manual. It is provides an in-depth account of the contemporary debate, and effectiveness, efficiency and efficacy as well as measurement are key issues, and ideas and works in progress that fledgling programs could find of great use. If someone is looking for a presentation of some of the best available evidence, and thoughtful, careful descriptions of anti-stigma programs, it is essential reading. It will provide guidance and resources, it is thoroughly referenced and gives dozens of leads that people will want to follow ... .It is of equal value to metal health professionals, non-government organizations and partners in health literacy such as schools and advocacy groups. It makes a substantial contribution to the literature and is highly recommended." ("Metapsychology," November 2008)


Contents List of contributors Foreword Preface 1 The rights of a powerless legion Julio Arboleda-Florez 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 Norman Sartorius 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. Lopez-Ibor Jr., Olga Cuenca and Maria-Ines Lopez-Ibor 6 Evaluating programmatic needs concerning the stigma of mental illness Beate Schulze 7 Using the Internet for fighting the stigma of schizophrenia Hugh Schulze 8 Building an evidence base for anti-stigma programming Heather Stuart 9 Other people stigmatize ... but, what about us? Attitudes of mental health professionals towards patients with schizophrenia Alp cok 10 Implementing anti stigma programmes in Boulder, Colorado and Calgary, Alberta Richard Warner 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 Index

General Fields

  • : 9780470723289
  • : wiley
  • : wiley
  • : April 2008
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Julio Arboleda-Florez
  • : Hardback
  • : 616.89
  • : 226
  • : Illustrations