ERIC Number: EJ789412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
The Stigma of Mental Illness
Overton, Stacy L.; Medina, Sondra L.
Journal of Counseling & Development, v86 n2 p143-151 Spr 2008
Stigma surrounding major mental illness creates many barriers. People who experience mental illness face discrimination and prejudice when renting homes, applying for jobs, and accessing mental health services. The authors review the current literature regarding stigma and mental illness. They define stigma and review theories that explain its impact. Counselor training is a peak time to identify and begin to mitigate stigma related to people with mental illness. Implications for counselor training are addressed.
Descriptors: Health Services, Mental Disorders, Mental Health Programs, Counselor Training, Social Bias, Social Discrimination, Access to Health Care, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Social Theories
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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