The Stigma Scale: development of a standardised measure of the stigma of mental illness
King, Michael, Dinos, Sokratis, Shaw, Jenifer, Watson, Robert, Stevens, Scott, Passetti, Filippo, Weich, Scott and Serfaty, Marc. (2007) The Stigma Scale: development of a standardised measure of the stigma of mental illness. British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol.190 (No.3). pp. 248-254. ISSN 0007-1250Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.106.024638
Background There is concern about the stigma of mental illness, but it is difficult to measure stigma consistently.
Aims To develop a standardised instrumentto measure the stigma of mental illness.
Method We used qualitative data from interviews with mental health service users to develop a pilot scale with 42 items. We recruited 193 service users in order to standardise the scale. Of these, 93 were asked to complete the questionnaire twice, 2 weeks apart, of whom 60 (65%) did so. items with a test-retest reliability kappa coefficient of 0.4 or greater were retained and subjected to common factor analysis.
Results The final 28-item stigma scale has a three-factor structure: the first concerns discrimination, the second disclosure and the third potential positive aspects of mental illness. Stigma scale scores were negatively correlated with global self-esteem.
Conclusions This self-report questionnaire, which can be completed in 5-10 min, may help us understand more about the role of stigma of psychiatric illness in research and clinical settings.
Declaration of interest None.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Journal of Psychiatry|
|Publisher:||Royal College of Psychiatrists|
|Official Date:||March 2007|
|Number of Pages:||7|
|Page Range:||pp. 248-254|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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