Affiliate stigma among caregivers of people with intellectual disability or mental illness

Winnie W. S. MAK, Yuen Man Rebecca CHEUNG

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlespeer-review

161 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background  Affiliate stigma refers to the extent of self‐stigmatization among associates of the targeted minorities. Given previous studies on caregiver stigma were mostly qualitative in nature, a conceptually based, unified, quantitative instrument to measure affiliate stigma is still lacking.
Materials and Methods  Two hundred and ten caregivers of people with intellectual disability (CPID) and 108 caregivers of people with mental illness (CPMI) were recruited to validate the 22‐item Affiliate Stigma Scale with caregiving stress, subjective burden and positive perceptions.
Results  Exploratory factor analysis suggested that the scale was unidimensional, with excellent internal consistencies for both CPID and CPMI. It showed good predictive validity on subjective burden, after the extent of caregiving involvement and caregiving stress were controlled for.
Conclusion  Implications on psychoeducation and stigma reduction were discussed. The newly developed scale provided a quantitative instrument with which affiliate stigma can be compared across different conditions. Copyright © 2008 The Authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-545
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008

Citation

Mak, W. W. S., & Cheung, R. Y. M. (2008). Affiliate stigma among caregivers of people with intellectual disability or mental illness. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 21(6), 532-545. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2008.00426.x

Keywords

  • Affiliate stigma
  • Caregiving
  • Intellectual disability
  • Mental illness

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Affiliate stigma among caregivers of people with intellectual disability or mental illness'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.