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Title: Stigma of mental illness.
Authors: Lai, Y.M.
Hong, C.P. 
Chee, C.Y. 
Issue Date: Mar-2001
Citation: Lai, Y.M., Hong, C.P., Chee, C.Y. (2001-03). Stigma of mental illness.. Singapore Medical Journal 42 (3) : 111-114. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Psychiatric patients carry the additional burden of stigma. METHODS: The views of 300 psychiatric out-patients and day-patients and 100 mental health workers concerning stigma were sought.The control group comprised 50 cardiac out-patients. RESULTS: A fair proportion of patients with schizophrenia or depression perceived that stigma had a negative effect on their self-esteem, relationships and job opportunities.The majority felt a need for an increase in public awareness of mental illness. In contrast, the cardiac patients reported very little stigmatization. CONCLUSIONS: The diagnostic label of mental illness may render the person vulnerable to stigmatization. Possible causes of stigma and ways of reducing stigma are discussed.
Source Title: Singapore Medical Journal
ISSN: 00375675
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