Stigma and mental disorder: Conceptions of illness, public attitudes, personal disclosure, and social policy

  title={Stigma and mental disorder: Conceptions of illness, public attitudes, personal disclosure, and social policy},
  author={Stephen P Hinshaw and Dante Cicchetti},
  journal={Development and Psychopathology},
  pages={555 - 598}
The end of the last millennium witnessed an unprecedented degree of public awareness regarding mental disorder as well as motivation for policy change. Like Sartorius, we contend that the continued stigmatization of mental illness may well be the central issue facing the field, as nearly all attendant issues (e.g., standards of care, funding for basic and applied research efforts) emanate from professional, societal, and personal attitudes towards persons with aberrant behavior. We discuss… Expand
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