What is Stigma?
Stigma is comprised of three cognitive and behavioral components:
Endorsement of stereotypes leads to prejudicial attitudes, which can lead to discriminatory behaviors. This is called public stigma. When stereotypes are applied to oneself and prejudicial attitudes are internalized, it is called self-stigma. Stigma can impair life outcomes, damage self-esteem, and interfere with help-seeking behavior.
The Scattergood Foundation Stigma Guide is a packet brief that succinctly summarizes research findings about stigma and stigma reduction. This guide is designed to provide readers with a clear definition of stigma and its harmful impact along with a description of proven stigma-reduction methods.
Stigma and Service Utilization is a packet brief that lists some of the peer-reviewed articles that have found a link between stigma and reduced mental health service usage. This brief contais short exerpts from each listed article about the effects of public stigma, perceived stigma, and self-stigma on help-seeking behavior and treatment adherence.