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How does stigma affect work in people with serious mental illnesses?
Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2012 Sep; 35(5):381-4.PR

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

How does stigma influence whether people with serious mental illness work? We examine the relationship of public stigma (the effects that occur when people with mental illness endorse the common prejudice of mental illness) and self-stigma (the results of people with psychiatric disorders internalizing prejudice) on current and lifetime histories of work.

METHODS

Eighty-five persons with serious mental illness reported current work history (i.e., in the past 3 months and in the past year) and lifetime work history (i.e., "have you ever worked?"). They also completed measures of self- and public stigma, focusing on the stereotypes of responsibility and dangerousness.

RESULTS

Endorsement of public stigma was shown to be significantly associated with lifetime history of work and self-stigma with current history. The dangerousness cluster of public stigma was specifically associated with lifetime work. We also tested a hierarchical model of self-stigma: that people need to first be aware of the prejudice, then agree to it, next apply it to themselves, and finally experience some harm to self-esteem. Only the latter stages of self-stigma-apply and harm-were correlated with current work.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE

Implications of these findings for meaningfully impacting stigma change are considered. In particular, we discuss ways to change public and self-stigma in order to enhance work.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois 60616, USA. corrigan@iit.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23116379

Citation

Corrigan, Patrick W., et al. "How Does Stigma Affect Work in People With Serious Mental Illnesses?" Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, vol. 35, no. 5, 2012, pp. 381-4.
Corrigan PW, Powell KJ, Rüsch N. How does stigma affect work in people with serious mental illnesses? Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2012;35(5):381-4.
Corrigan, P. W., Powell, K. J., & Rüsch, N. (2012). How does stigma affect work in people with serious mental illnesses? Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(5), 381-4. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0094497
Corrigan PW, Powell KJ, Rüsch N. How Does Stigma Affect Work in People With Serious Mental Illnesses. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2012;35(5):381-4. PubMed PMID: 23116379.
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TY - JOUR T1 - How does stigma affect work in people with serious mental illnesses? AU - Corrigan,Patrick W, AU - Powell,Karina J, AU - Rüsch,Nicolas, PY - 2012/11/3/entrez PY - 2012/11/3/pubmed PY - 2013/4/3/medline SP - 381 EP - 4 JF - Psychiatric rehabilitation journal JO - Psychiatr Rehabil J VL - 35 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVES: How does stigma influence whether people with serious mental illness work? We examine the relationship of public stigma (the effects that occur when people with mental illness endorse the common prejudice of mental illness) and self-stigma (the results of people with psychiatric disorders internalizing prejudice) on current and lifetime histories of work. METHODS: Eighty-five persons with serious mental illness reported current work history (i.e., in the past 3 months and in the past year) and lifetime work history (i.e., "have you ever worked?"). They also completed measures of self- and public stigma, focusing on the stereotypes of responsibility and dangerousness. RESULTS: Endorsement of public stigma was shown to be significantly associated with lifetime history of work and self-stigma with current history. The dangerousness cluster of public stigma was specifically associated with lifetime work. We also tested a hierarchical model of self-stigma: that people need to first be aware of the prejudice, then agree to it, next apply it to themselves, and finally experience some harm to self-esteem. Only the latter stages of self-stigma-apply and harm-were correlated with current work. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Implications of these findings for meaningfully impacting stigma change are considered. In particular, we discuss ways to change public and self-stigma in order to enhance work. SN - 1095-158X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23116379/How_does_stigma_affect_work_in_people_with_serious_mental_illnesses L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/prj/35/5/381 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -