Self-stigma, empowerment, and perceived legitimacy of discrimination among women with mental illness.

  title={Self-stigma, empowerment, and perceived legitimacy of discrimination among women with mental illness.},
  author={Nicolas R{\"u}sch and Klaus Lieb and Martin Bohus and Patrick William Corrigan},
  journal={Psychiatric services},
  volume={57 3},
OBJECTIVE The study sought to better understand why some people with mental illness self-stigmatize and develop low self-esteem while others remain indifferent to stigma or respond with a sense of empowerment. The authors hypothesized that a high level of perceived discrimination, little sense of identification with the group of people with mental illness, and a high level of perceived legitimacy of discrimination lead to self-stigma. METHODS Sixty women with borderline personality disorder… CONTINUE READING


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