This study examined the stigma experienced by dyads of adult sons and husbands with HIV and their caregiving mid-life mothers or wives. The stigma experienced by the person with HIV was greater than that of the caregiver, and the stigma perceived by the wife was greater than that of the mother. Resources addressing stigma should incorporate these factors. Read abstract here.
Family Stigma and Caregiver Burden in Alzheimer’s Disease
Werner, P., Mittelman, MS., Goldstein, D., and Heinik, J.,(2011). The Gerontologist. doi:10.1093/geront/gnr117
Caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease experience burden related to stigma, and this impacts the effectiveness of treatment to the person with the disease. The best way to address this stigma is to address stigma towards the Alzheimer’s disease. Read article here.
Stigma as a barrier to recovery: The extent to which caregivers believe most people devalue consumers and their families
Struening, E. L., Perlick, D. A., Link, B. G., et al(2001) . Psychiatric Services, 52, 1633– 1638.
Caring for someone with a serious mental illness can be distressing, and may be harmful to health and injurious to one’s quality of life. When those caregivers don’t feel support, or do feel judgment from their community, the negative effects are compounded. The authors suggest that developing interventions to yield more supportive and understanding communities would be worthwhile. Read abstract here.
Perceived stigma and depression among caregivers of patients with bipolar disorder
Perlick, Deborah A.; Miklowitz, David J.; Link, Bruce G.; Struening, Elmer; Kaczynski, Richard; Gonzalez, Jodi; Manning, Lauren N.; Wolff, Nancy; and Rosenheck, Robert A. (2007). The British Journal of Psychiatry, 190 (6) 535-536.
The study explored how caregivers of people with bipolar disorder perceived stigma, and evaluated the caregivers own mental health functioning, including depression and their ability to cope, based on perceived stigma. Read article here.