, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 87-91
Date: 11 Jan 2014

The Stigma of Families with Mental Illness

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Abstract

Objective

This article describes family stigma, which is defined as the prejudice and discrimination experienced by individuals through associations with their relatives.

Methods

The authors describe family stigma and present current research related to mental illness stigma experienced by family members. Research indicates this type of stigma negatively impacts family members and relatives with mental illness.

Results

The authors also present strategies to eliminate stigma and discuss implications for the training goals of psychiatrists throughout the text.

Conclusion

The authors end this article with recommendations for psychiatry training goals.