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ERIC Number: EJ975576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0311-2543
Stigmatisation of Psychiatrists: Experiences of Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Registrars in Western Australia
Bassiri, Mojdeh; Lyons, Zaza; Hood, Sean
Education Research and Perspectives, v38 n2 p35-44 Dec 2011
Stigmatisation among mental health professionals can have a significant impact on individuals who work in the area, and on recruitment of people into the mental health workforce. This study aimed to investigate the source, type and impact of positive and negative comments, attitudes and behaviours experienced by psychiatrists and psychiatric registrars. Thirty psychiatrists and registrars responded to a survey. Results indicated that negative experiences were reported at a significantly higher frequency compared with positive experiences. Other psychiatrists contributed positively to experiences regarding their profession in mental health. In contrast, doctors from other specialties and the media contributed negatively. Notwithstanding these negative experiences, there was high morale among respondents. This survey has shown that despite gains in addressing stigma towards mental illness within the community, stigma towards psychiatrists remains a significant issue. Psychiatry as a profession needs to address this in order to enable the discipline to overcome these damaging negative attitudes. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia