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The state of the art in European research on reducing social exclusion and stigma related to mental health: a systematic mapping of the literature

Evans-Lacko, Sara and Courtin, Emilie and Fiorillo, A. and Knapp, Martin and Luciano, M. and Park, A-La and Brunn, M. and Byford, S. and Chevreul, K. and Forsman, A.K. and Gulacsi, L. and Haro, J.M. and Kennelly, B. and Knappe, S. and Lai, T. and Lasalvia, A. and Miret, M. and O'Sullivan, C. and Obradors-Tarragó, C. and Rüsch, N. and Sartorius, N. and Švab, V. and van Weeghel, J. and Van Audenhove, C. and Wahlbeck, K. and Zlati, A. (2014) The state of the art in European research on reducing social exclusion and stigma related to mental health: a systematic mapping of the literature. European Psychiatry, 29 (6). pp. 381-389. ISSN 0924-9338

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2014.02.007

Abstract

Stigma and social exclusion related to mental health are of substantial public health importance for Europe. As part of ROAMER (ROAdmap for MEntal health Research in Europe), we used systematic mapping techniques to describe the current state of research on stigma and social exclusion across Europe. Findings demonstrate growing interest in this field between 2007 and 2012. Most studies were descriptive (60%), focused on adults of working age (60%) and were performed in Northwest Europe—primarily in the UK (32%), Finland (8%), Sweden (8%) and Germany (7%). In terms of mental health characteristics, the largest proportion of studies investigated general mental health (20%), common mental disorders (16%), schizophrenia (16%) or depression (14%). There is a paucity of research looking at mechanisms to reduce stigma and promote social inclusion, or at factors that might promote resilience or protect against stigma/social exclusion across the life course. Evidence is also limited in relation to evaluations of interventions. Increasing incentives for cross-country research collaborations, especially with new EU Member States and collaboration across European professional organizations and disciplines, could improve understanding of the range of underpinning social and cultural factors which promote inclusion or contribute toward lower levels of stigma, especially during times of hardship.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/european-psychiat...
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > ALPHA (Ageing, Lifecourse and Population Health Analysis)
Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 10:50
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 10:54
Projects: 282586
Funders: European Union Seventh Framework Program
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56507

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