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.
Family members of people with alcohol, drug, or mental health conditions experience higher levels of embarrassment compared to family members of people with general medical conditions. This research suggests that interventions addressing stigma experienced by family members with alcohol, drug or mental health conditions may be needed to overcome obstacles for early intervention and treatment. Read abstract here.