Mental-Illness Related Discrimination Common

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It's tough enough to live with a mental illness, but those who do have another problem to deal with: discrimination. Even more disturbing, participants in a recent study said that much of the discrimination came when seeking mental health care.

Mental-illness related discrimination can negatively in other areas, such as relationships, education, and employment. Consequently, it can also lead to poverty and social marginalization.

Jheanell Gabbidon, MSc, with the Department of Health Services and Population Research, Institute of Psychiatry, at King's College, London, and colleagues interviewed 202 people with severe mental illness, and asked them about their experiences with discrimination. They used the Major Experiences of Discrimination Scale to measure the experiences based on 12 life domains and perceived attributions. 

Overall, 88% experienced discrimination in at least one life domain, the researchers reported in Psychiatric Services, with the most common area of discrimination reported being mental health care (44%). Other areas included neighbors, police, and employment. Also, 57% of participants said mental illness was the most common attribution for discrimination, followed by race and ethnicity (24%).

"Mental illness–related discrimination was found to be a common issue across racial-ethnic groups, and discrimination based on race-ethnicity was prevalent for the mixed and black groups," the researchers concluded. "There is a need for anti-discrimination strategies that combine efforts to reduce the experience of discrimination attributed to mental illness and to race-ethnicity for racial-ethnic minority groups."

 

 

Discrimination Reported By Those Seeking Access to Psychiatric Care
Mental-Illness Related Discrimination Common
This study assessed participants' experienced discrimination and their causal attributions, particularly to mental illness or race-ethnicity.
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