Journal Article

From Stigma To Discrimination: An Analysis of Community Efforts To Reduce the Negative Consequences of Having a Psychiatric Disorder and Label

Sue E. Estroff, David L. Penn and Julie R. Toporek

in Schizophrenia Bulletin

Published on behalf of Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Volume 30, issue 3, pages 493-509
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 0586-7614
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1745-1701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.schbul.a007097
From Stigma To Discrimination: An Analysis of Community Efforts To Reduce the Negative Consequences of Having a Psychiatric Disorder and Label

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Discrimination related to psychiatric disorders and people diagnosed with them is receiving increased interest and attention from researchers, policy makers, and the general public. There are diverse views about how best to alter and reduce what all parties agree are personally painful, socially wasteful, and morally inexcusable practices that surround people with psychiatric disorders. We report the results of a first step national survey of noteworthy on-the-ground efforts to reduce the negative consequences of having a psychiatric disorder and label. The sample consists of non-traditional, innovative local efforts along with well-known programs. Nominations of exemplary antistigma and antidiscrimination efforts were solicited from a national data base developed for this project. Next, an expert consensus panel selected 36 exemplary programs from among 102 nominations. A descriptive analysis and summary of the shared qualities of exemplary programs are provided.

Keywords: Discrimination; stigma; psychiatric disorders; community-based programs

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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