Prejudice and schizophrenia: a review of the ‘mental illness is an illness like any other’ approach

  title={Prejudice and schizophrenia: a review of the ‘mental illness is an illness like any other’ approach},
  author={John Read and Nick Haslam and Leonard Alfred Sayce and Emily Davies},
  journal={Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica},
Objective:  Many anti‐stigma programmes use the ‘mental illness is an illness like any other’ approach. This review evaluates the effectiveness of this approach in relation to schizophrenia. 
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