Category: Schizophrenia / Psychotic Disorders

Symposium

Symposium 81 - Self-Stigma Among People With Serious Mental Illness: Health, Sense of Belonging, and Proactive Coping

Saturday, November 18
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Aqua Salon A & B, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Stigma | Severe Mental Illness | Cognitive Schemas / Beliefs
Presentation Type: Symposium

Stigma is common among people with serious mental illness (SMI), due to pervasive stereotypes that people with SMI are dangerous, inept, immoral, or weak (Link & Phelan, 2001; Rüsch, Angermeyer, & Corrigan, 2005). The stereotypes have a wide-spread impact, leading to discrimination, poor access to resources, segregation and social isolation, among others (e.g., Corrigan, Markowitz, Watson, Rowan, & Kubiak, 2003; Hinshaw & Cicchetti, 2000).


The pervasiveness of these beliefs leads to widespread self-stigma among people with SMI, meaning the application of negatively valenced stereotyped beliefs to oneself. Self-stigma has its own set of negative impacts, including poorer self-esteem and self-efficacy, decreased involvement in mental health care, increased use of dysfunctional coping skills and increased depression and hopelessness (e.g., Drapalski et al., 2013; Yanos, Roe, Markus & Lysaker, 2008).


Given the significance self-stigma among people with SMI, it is essential to understand the causes and outcomes of self-stigma in this population, and to identify methods to prevent or intervene. This symposium will present novel data from three studies of self-stigma. The presenters will discuss factors associated with self-stigma including psychosocial buffers and health outcomes. The presenters will additionally discuss promising self-stigma interventions and other methods to decrease self-stigma.

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Emily Treichler

Postdoctoral Fellow
VA San Diego MIRECC/UC San Diego

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Alicia Lucksted

Associate Professor
University of Maryland Medical Center

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    Emily Treichler

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    VA San Diego MIRECC/UC San Diego

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    Tisha Travaglini

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    VA Baltimore MIRECC/University of Maryland Medical Center

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    Vasudha Gidugu

    Research Fellow
    Boston University

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