Stigma of psychosis: Do diagnostic label, symptom manifestation, and gender matter?

Yuen Man Rebecca CHEUNG, Winnie W. S. MAK, Pui Shan TSANG, Joseph T. F. LAU

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Abstract

The present study examined the effects of psychiatric label (thought and perceptual dysregulation vs. schizophrenia), symptom manifestation (positive vs. negative symptoms), and gender (male vs. female) of a vignette character with psychosis on the general public's cognitive attributions, affective reactions, and behavioral responses. A 2 × 2 × 2 vignette-based telephone survey was conducted based on 533 Chinese adults from 18 to 60 years of age. Hierarchical regression analysis revealed that compared with the label of thought and perceptual dysregulation, the public accorded the label of schizophrenia with greater levels of intentionality and controllability. A male character predicted greater intentionality, controllability, and social rejection than did a female character. Positive symptoms predicted greater controllability, contempt, and social rejection than did negative symptoms. Theoretical and practical implications on the findings were discussed. Copyright © 2018 American Psychological Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-537
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume88
Issue number5
Early online dateJun 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Social Distance
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia
Telephone
Psychiatry
Regression Analysis
Psychosis
Diagnostics
Manifestation
Stigma
Surveys and Questionnaires
Intentionality
Rejection
Vignettes

Citation

Cheung, R. Y. M., Mak, W. W. S., Tsang, P. S., & Lau, J. T. F. (2018). Stigma of psychosis: Do diagnostic label, symptom manifestation, and gender matter? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88(5), 529-537. doi: 10.1037/ort0000315

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Psychosis
  • Stigma