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The stigma of psychiatric in-patient care

  • Jennie McCarthy (a1), Richard Prettyman (a2) and Trevor Friedman (a3)
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The differences in attitudes to their illness between selected groups of medical and psychiatric in-patients admitted to units on the same hospital site were investigated. Patients new to the services were asked about their willingness to disclose information about their admission to hospital and their diagnosis to family members, friends and people at work. Psychiatric patients were more likely to want to keep their admission and diagnosis a secret. They were also less sure of the nature of their diagnosis and the necessity of their admission. The results suggest that wider public education is needed to reduce the stigma of mental Illness.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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The stigma of psychiatric in-patient care

  • Jennie McCarthy (a1), Richard Prettyman (a2) and Trevor Friedman (a3)
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