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The public's stigmatising attitudes towards people with mental disorders: how important are biomedical conceptualizations?

Griffiths, Kathleen; Jorm, Anthony F


Objective: This study examined hypotheses that stigmatizing attitudes are increased by use of psychiatric labels, by conceptualization of symptoms as a medical illness and by belief in genetic causes. Method: A survey of 3998 Australian adults asked questions about one of four vignettes: early schizophrenia, chronic schizophrenia, depression and depression with suicidal thoughts. Attitudes were measured by a social distance scale and a question about likely dangerousness. Results: Social...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2008.01251.x


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