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Written Off

Written Off
Mental Health Stigma and the Loss of Human Potential


  • Publication planned for: January 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107196957

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About the Authors
  • Written-Off tells the story of how mental health stigma comes to have a profound impact on the lives of people diagnosed with mental illnesses. It reviews theory, research, and history - illustrated with a multitude of personal stories - in four major areas. These areas are: the prevalence and predictors of negative attitudes and behaviors toward mental illness, the impact of community attitudes and behaviors on the self-perceptions of people diagnosed with mental illness, the impact of self-perceptions on the community participation of people diagnosed with mental illness, and how to change self-perceptions through a variety of approaches.

    • Provides a unified account of the mental health stigma literature
    • Connects personal stories to research findings
    • Gives an 'inside view' from the author's clinical, research, and teaching experiences
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Advance praise: 'Mental health stigma is an issue of social injustice. Professor Yanos eloquently captures inequities wrought by stigma, grounding solutions where they belong, in the hands of people with lived experience.' Patrick W. Corrigan, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Advance praise: 'In a scholarly and compassionate analysis, Yanos eloquently documents the stigma of mental illness, who is most likely to stigmatize, and the heavy toll of stigma on people with psychiatric conditions and their families. And yet, a solid foundation for hope is also laid through the discussion of recent developments in peer support and treatment that have the promise of helping people with mental health challenges overcome the effects of stigma, reclaim a sense of worth in their own eyes and that of society, and realize their true human potential. This should be required reading for all students, clinicians, researchers, and policy makers working in the mental health profession.' Kim T. Mueser, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University

    Advance praise: 'This extraordinary book perfectly balances scholarly skepticism and honesty with human and relatable narrative. The reader becomes a student of stigma, aspiring to reduce stigma's toxic impact.' Lisa Dixon, Columbia University, New York

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: January 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107196957
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2018
  • Table of Contents

    1. Why stigma matters
    2. Does mental health stigma really exist?
    3. What does stigma look like?
    4. Who stigmatizes?
    5. Responses to stigma among people diagnosed with a mental illness
    6. Discredited: the impact of self-stigma on identity and community participation
    7. Stigma by association: the impact of stigma on family members and professionals
    8. The possibility of change: peer-led options
    9. The possibility of change and interventions: professional options
    10. Where do we go from here?

  • Author

    Philip T. Yanos, City University of New York
    Philip T. Yanos, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at John Jay College, City University of New York. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Stigma and Health, and the interim Director of Clinical Training for the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at John Jay College. Yanos is the co-developer of 'Narrative Enhancement and Cognitive Therapy', a group-based treatment which addresses the effects of self-stigma among people with mental illness. This treatment approach has been translated into five languages. He is the author of over eighty articles and book chapters, and is the principal investigator on two recent large, federally-funded projects.

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