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Int Psychogeriatr. 2008 Feb;20(1):174-87. Epub 2007 Apr 23.

Self-stigma, self-esteem and age in persons with schizophrenia.

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  • 1Department of Gerontology, University of Haifa, Israel. werner@research.haifa.ac.il

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The relationship between self-stigma and self-esteem in patients with schizophrenia is receiving increased attention. However, studies to date have been limited to samples of persons under the age of 65.

AIM:

To examine the relationship between self-stigma and self-esteem in people with schizophrenia in both younger and older age groups.

METHODS:

Face-to-face interviews were completed with 86 inpatients with schizophrenia in a psychiatric hospital (mean age = 54, 55% female). Self-esteem was assessed using Rosenberg's Self Esteem Scale. Self-stigma was assessed using an adapted version of the Internalized Stigma of Mental Health (ISMI) scale. Information regarding socio-demographic characteristics and psychiatric history and symptomatology was collected.

RESULTS:

Self-stigma was moderate with only 20-33% of the participants reporting high levels of stigmatization. Older participants reported lower levels of self-stigma than younger participants. A relatively strong association between self-stigma and self-esteem was found.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings point to the complexity of the association between self-stigma, self-esteem and age in people with schizophrenia. This study stresses the importance of clinicians taking the issue of self-stigma into consideration when treating young and old patients with schizophrenia.

PMID:
17451617
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