Stigma in different cultures

Mirja Koschorke*, Sara Evans-Lacko, Norman Sartorius, Graham Thornicroft

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Most stigma research to date has considered the stigma of mental illness to be a universal occurrence, but one that presents with different manifestations in different contexts. Yang et al., for example, observe that ‘stigma appears to be a universal phenomenon, a shared existential experience’ (Yang et al. 2007) (p. 1528). In a review of the global evidence on stigma and discrimination, Thornicroft concludes that ‘there is no known country, society or culture where people with mental illness (diagnosed or recognised as such by the community) are considered to have the same value or be as acceptable as persons who do not have mental illness’(Thornicroft 2006).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Stigma of Mental Illness - End of the Story?
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783319278391, 9783319278377
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2016


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