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Stigma and discrimination experienced by people with schizophrenia living in the community in Guangzhou, China

Li, Jie, Guo, Yang-Bo, Huang, Yuan-Guang, Liu, Jing-Wen, Chen, Wen, Zhang, Xiang-Yang, Evans-Lacko, Sara ORCID: 0000-0003-4691-2630 and Thornicroft, Graham (2017) Stigma and discrimination experienced by people with schizophrenia living in the community in Guangzhou, China. Psychiatry Research, 255. pp. 225-231. ISSN 0165-1781

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.psychres.2017.05.040

Abstract

The aims of this study were to investigate experienced stigma and discrimination and their associated factors in people with schizophrenia who live in the community in Guangzhou, China. A total of 384 people with schizophrenia were randomly recruited from four districts of Guangzhou and completed the scales and questionnaires: Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness scale (ISMI), Self-Esteem Scale (SES), Discrimination and Stigma Scale (DISC-12), Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS), PANSS negative scale (PANSS-N), Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) and Schizophrenia Quality of Life Scale (SQLS). Insight and medication compliance were evaluated by psychiatrists. Data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation and multivariable linear regression. We found a significant positive correlation between BPRS score and PANSS-N score, GAF score was significantly negative correlated with SQLS score, Insight score was significantly negative correlated with medication compliance score, ISMI score was significantly positive correlated with SES score and experienced discrimination score. Multivariable linear regression found SQLS, SES and experienced discrimination were the main independent variables of ISMI and experienced discrimination was the most important factor of ISMI. Our findings suggest that people with schizophrenia often experienced stigma and discrimination in this Chinese population, and more anti-stigma interventions should be provided.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/psychiatry-resea...
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors © CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 13:49
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:08
Projects: 201607010383, RP-PG-0606-1053
Funders: Guangzhou Science Technology and Innovation Commission, National Institute for Health Research
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/80401

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