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Effects of Self-Stigma Among the People With Schizophrenia
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Personer som diagnostiserats med schizofreni upplever fördomar och diskriminering både i samhället och i sin egen värld som en form av internalisering som också kallas självstigma. Även om allmän stigma inträffar av en större befolkning spelar själv-stigma också en viktig roll genom att patienterna drabbas av många negativa konsekvenser. I denna artikel fokuserar jag på de negativa följderna av självstigma för personer med schizofreni. Dessutom undersökte jag hur stigmas negativa effekter spelar en viktig roll under behandlingsprocessen. Som en metod intervjuade jag 10 patienter som diagnostiserats med schizofreni baserat på 10 öppna frågor och analyserade data efteråt vilket hjälpte mig att förstå de negativa effekterna av internaliserad självstigma på dem. Majoriteten av svaren visade att de var oroliga för att ses oskäligt vilket ledde till att de undvek att berätta för sin psykiska sjukdom för andra. Resultaten visade också att de har en dålig livskvalitet, dåliga sociala interaktioner och problem att fortsätta sina medicinska och terapeutiska behandlingar på grund av deras internaliserade negativa tankar.

Abstract [en]

People who are diagnosed with schizophrenia experience prejudice and discrimination both in the society and in their own world as a form of internalization which is also called as self-stigma. Although public stigma is occurred by a larger population, self-stigma also plays an important role by having patients suffer numerous negative consequences. In this article, I focused on those negative consequences of self-stigma for people with schizophrenia. Furthermore, I examined how the negative effects of the stigma plays an important role during the treatment process. As a method, I interviewed 10 patients who were diagnosed with schizophrenia based on 10 open-ended questions and analyzed the data afterwards which helped me understand the negative effects of internalized self-stigma on them. The majority of the responses indicated that they were worried to be viewed unfavorably which led them avoid telling their mental illness to others. The results also showed that they have poor quality of life, little to none social interactions and troubles continuing their medical and therapeutic treatments because of their internalized negative thoughts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Self-Stigma, Schizophrenia, Internalize
Keywords [sv]
Självstigma, schizofreni, internalisera
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-75016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-75016DiVA, id: diva2:1330804
Educational program
Psychology, bachelor's level
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(English)
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Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-26 Last updated: 2019-07-01Bibliographically approved

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