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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2009 Aug;30(8):509-13. doi: 10.1080/01612840802601382.

Mental illness stigma and disclosure: consequences of coming out of the closet.

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Institute of Psychology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. arjan.bos@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Abstract

The present study investigated disclosure patterns among mental health consumers (N = 500) and examined the relationships among disclosure, perceived stigmatization, perceived social support, and self-esteem. Results suggest that selective disclosure optimizes social support and limits stigmatization. Perceived stigmatization has a detrimental impact on self-esteem, especially for those who are relatively open about their mental disorder.

PMID:
19591025
DOI:
10.1080/01612840802601382
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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