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Experience of stigma by people with schizophrenia compared with people with depression or malignancies

  • Piotr Świtaj (a1), Jacek Wciórka (a1), Paweł Grygiel (a2), Julita Smolarska-Świtaj (a3), Marta Anczewska (a1) and Artur Grzesik (a4)...
Abstract
Aims and method

To compare the frequency of experiences of stigma reported by people with schizophrenia and by people with other health problems (depression and malignancies). The Stigma section of the Consumer Experiences of Stigma Questionnaire (CESQ) was administered to 153 people with schizophrenia, 106 people with depression and 85 people with malignancies.

Results

Using multiple regression analysis we showed that after controlling for the differences in the participants' background characteristics, people with depression did not differ significantly in terms of the frequency of self-reported stigma experiences from patients with schizophrenia (β = − 0.064, P < 0.05). However, patients with malignancies felt stigmatised significantly less often than patients with schizophrenia β= − 0.240, P < 0.05).

Clinical implications

Our findings confirm that the stigma of mental illness is more pronounced than the stigma associated with physical health problems. Contrary to expectations, however, we were not able to demonstrate that people with depression are treated more favourably and experience less stigma than people with schizophrenia.

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Piotr Świtaj (switaj@ipin.edu.pl)
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Experience of stigma by people with schizophrenia compared with people with depression or malignancies

  • Piotr Świtaj (a1), Jacek Wciórka (a1), Paweł Grygiel (a2), Julita Smolarska-Świtaj (a3), Marta Anczewska (a1) and Artur Grzesik (a4)...
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