Does Stigma Impair Treatment Response and Rehabilitation in Schizophrenia? The “Contribution” of Mental Health Professionals

  • Wulf Rössler


The fact that stigma and discrimination are the chief enemies of progress in providing adequate care and helping people to live a life of acceptable quality is becoming recognised in many countries. Patients and their families provide numerous examples of the effects that stigma can (and does) have on the chance of employment, marriage, renting an apartment, or receiving support from neighbours or the community (Sartorius 1998). For example, most European studies report employment rates among people with schizophrenia of around 10–20% (Marwaha and Johnson 2004). Thus persons, once diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, rarely have a chance to participate in the workforce relatively independent of their actual ability to work.


Mental Illness Mental Health Professional Severe Mental Illness Social Distance Psychiatric Institution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General and Social PsychiatryPsychiatric University Hospital ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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