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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2012, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (9): 1448-1456.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2012.01448

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Mental Illness Self-stigma: A Risk Factor of Mental Rehabilitation

YUE TONG;WANG Xiao-Gang;HUANG Xi-Ting   

  1. (1 School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China) (2 Sichuan Judicial and Police Officers Professional College, Deyang 618000, China)
  • Received:2011-10-14 Online:2012-09-15 Published:2012-09-15
  • Contact: HUANG Xi-Ting

Abstract: Mental illness self-stigma is the phenomenon in which patients with mental illnesses internalize the stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination by the public and formulate prejudice and discrimination against themselves. Mental illness self-stigma has a series of negative effects on patients and is a high risk factor for mental rehabilitation. Self-stigma is likely to compromise mental rehabilitation through patients’ negative perception, negative emotion and self-discrimination it induces. Intervention of self-stigma should be implemented on patients and the general public respectively. The localization of research on self-stigma in the context of the Chinese culture should be focused on the establishment of relevant theories, the improvement of measurement tools and intervention strategies, and the integration of anti-stigma intervention and mental illness rehabilitation.

Key words: self-stigma, mental illness, mental rehabilitation