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Treatments for internalised stigma

What is internalised stigma?

Internalised stigma occurs within an individual, such that a person’s attitude may reinforce a negative self-perception of mental disorders, resulting in reduced sense of self-worth, anticipation of social rejection, and a desire for social distance. Stigma can be an important barrier for people with schizophrenia to seek out proper treatment.



What is the evidence for treatments for internalised stigma?

Moderate to high quality evidence suggests a small effect of reduced internalised stigma with targeted interventions comprising psychoeducation and peer-led group discussion.

Also see the Course and Outcomes, Stigma topic.


December 2017

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