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The impact of stigma on mental illness: A historical thesis
by Gonzalez, Edith, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 74; 1517528
Abstract (Summary)

This historical study examined the stigma of mental illness and the impact on the individual living with severe and persistent mental illness from 19th century through 21st century. The literature suggests that the stigma of mental illness is one of the most powerful of all and one of the most harmful to the individual with mental illness and its treatments. Over the history of mental illness, the public belief on mental illness has been a contributing factor to the type of treatment used on the individual. The study used content analysis to analyze existing literature on stigma on mental illness from 1990 through 2010. The analysis suggested several themes from the consequences of stigma on mental illness, such as discrimination, social rejection, prejudice, and as a barrier to full community integration.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gurrola, Maria
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social work
Publication Number: 1517528
ISBN: 978-1-267-45558-1
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