Stigma of mental illness

Larry Yang, S. H. Cho, A. Kleinman

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Stigma is a pervasive force that has powerful consequences and reduces the life opportunities of those that it affects. Society also becomes burdened by the costs of those who neglect adequate treatment and whose illness conditions worsen due to fears of stigma. The concept of stigma includes internal psychological processes within the person, interpersonal social processes between individuals and groups, and large-scale processes on the level of culture and politics. These models identify different mechanisms by which stigma exerts its negative effects on others. Further, current anti-stigma interventions have drawn upon these conceptualizations to reduce stigma and its effects. © 2008

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780123739605
Publication statusPublished - 2008



  • AIDS
  • Deviance
  • Discrimination
  • HIV
  • Human rights
  • Mental illness
  • Prejudice
  • Psychiatric illness
  • Racism
  • Stereotype
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Yang, L., Cho, S. H., & Kleinman, A. (2008). Stigma of mental illness. In International Encyclopedia of Public Health (pp. 219-230). Elsevier Inc..