Journal article

The measurement properties of stigmatizing attitudes towards mental disorders: results from two community surveys

Marie BH Yap, Andrew Mackinnon, Nicola Reavley, Anthony F Jorm

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF METHODS IN PSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

Stigma is a well-documented concern of people living with mental illness. Through the use of novel exploratory structural equation modelling (ESEM) methods, we aimed to elucidate the structure of stigma as measured by two stigma scales (the Depression Stigma Scale and the Social Distance Scale), to establish dimensions of stigma towards a range of disorders and to compare levels on these dimensions between disorders and respondent subgroups. We used data from two Australian national surveys, one of the general community aged 15+ and another of youths aged 15-25. Stigma responses were elicited using a range of mental illness vignettes: depression, schizophrenia, social phobia and post-traumat..

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