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(p. 140) Stigma of Mental Illness: An Integration 

(p. 140) Stigma of Mental Illness: An Integration
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(p. 140) Stigma of Mental Illness: An Integration
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Stephen P. Hinshaw

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199730926.003.0007
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date: 08 April 2020

Chapter 7 synthesizes material from the preceding chapters to provide a brief, integrative account of the stigma of mental illness. Central to this chapter is the concept of threat, related to both perceivers and victims. In fact, the legacy of harsh responses to mental disorders can be explained largely by the real and symbolic threat posed to members of society from the behavior patterns in question-and from the label itself. The point here is not to blame society at large for negative responses to mental illness but to understand the roots of the strong tendencies toward fear, exclusion, and blame.

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