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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Mental Illness Stigma and its Correlates among Adolescent Wraparound Clients

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Tally Moses

All Authors for this paper: Tally Moses

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: Surprisingly little empirical attention has been directed toward identifying the extent to which adolescents diagnosed with mental disorders experience mental illness stigma (MIS) or understanding the factors that increase the likelihood of MIS and its negative byproducts (e.g. secretiveness and withdrawal from others) for youth. This study charts important territory by examining the MIS experiences of adolescents receiving wraparound services and identifies individual, familial, social, clinical, and treatment-related factors associated with MIS. The data presented are elicited from mixed method interviews with 40 teen clients (aged 12-18) and their parent/caregiver. The findings suggest teens report low levels of self-stigma (shame, self-blame) and general perceptions of societal devaluation, although all are exposed to public stigma (devaluation, rejection) to some degree. Correlations between MIS and individual and contextual factors point to interesting directions for further research.

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2007

Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM