Mental illness stigma and disclosure: Consequences of coming out of the closet

A.E.R. Bos, D. Kanner, P. Muris, B. Janssen, B. Mayer

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The present study investigated disclosure patterns among mental health consumers (N = 500) and examined the relationships among disclosure, perceived stigmatization, perceived social support, and self-esteem. Results suggest that selective disclosure optimizes social support and limits stigmatization. Perceived stigmatization has a detrimental impact on self-esteem, especially for those who are relatively open about their mental disorder. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved) (from the journal abstract)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-513
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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