The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change

The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change

by Stephen P. Hinshaw
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019973092X

ISBN-13: 9780199730926

Pub. Date: 08/27/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Millions of people and their families are affected by mental illness. Although we have begun to understand and develop a range of effective treatments, public attitudes are still more negative than they were half a century ago. Mental illness tops the list of stigmatized conditions in today's society, generating the kinds of stereotypes, fear and rejection that are

Overview

Millions of people and their families are affected by mental illness. Although we have begun to understand and develop a range of effective treatments, public attitudes are still more negative than they were half a century ago. Mental illness tops the list of stigmatized conditions in today's society, generating the kinds of stereotypes, fear and rejection that are reminiscent of reactions toward leprosy. This rampant stigmatization has created family silence, discriminatory laws and social isolation. The pain of mental illness is searing enough, but adding the layer of stigma affects personal well being, economic productivity and public health, fueling a vicious cycle of lowered expectations, deep shame and hopelessness. In this groundbreaking book, Stephen Hinshaw examines our longstanding tendency to stigmatize those with mental illness and provides practical strategies for overcoming this serious problem. The result is a deeply inspiring and passionate work that is realistic and filled with hope. It combines personal accounts with information from social and evolutionary psychology, sociology, and public policy to provide messages that are essential for anyone afflicted or familiar with mental illness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199730926
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/27/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
780,287
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 What Is Mental Disorder and What Is Stigma? 3

2 Perspectives From Social Psychology, Sociology, and Evolutionary Psychology 28

3 Historical Perspectives on Mental Illness and Stigma 53

4 Modern Conceptions of Mental Disorder 73

5 Evidence From Scientific Investigations 93

6 Indicators of Stigma From Everyday Life 115

7 Stigma of Mental Illness: An Integration 140

8 Research Directions and Priorities 157

9 Overcoming Stigma I: Legislation, Policy, and Community Efforts 176

10 Overcoming Stigma II: Media and Mental Health Professionals 202

11 Overcoming Stigma III: Families and Individuals 217

12 Concluding Issues 232

Notes 245

References 285

Index 317

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