The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change by Stephen P. HinshawThe Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change by Stephen P. Hinshaw

The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change

byStephen P. Hinshaw

Paperback | September 10, 2009

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Millions of people and their families are affected by mental illness; it causes untold pain and severely impairs their ability to function in the world. In recent years, we have begun to understand and develop a range of effective treatments for mental illness. Even with this shift frommoralistic views to those emphasizing the biological and genetic origins of mental illness, punitive treatment and outright rejection remain strong. Public attitudes toward mental illness are still more negative than they were half a century ago, and the majority of those afflicted either do notreceive or cannot afford adequate care. As a result of all of these troubling facts, applying the term "stigma" to mental illness is particularly appropriate because stigma conveys the mark of shame borne by those in any highly devalued group. Mental illness tops the list of stigmatized conditions in current society, generating the kinds of stereotypes, fear, and rejection that are reminiscent of longstanding attitudes toward leprosy. Mental disorders threaten stability and order, and media coverage exacerbates this situation by equatingmental illness with violence. As a result, stigma is rampant, spurring family silence, discriminatory laws, and social isolation. The pain of mental illness is searing enough, but adding the layer of stigma affects personal well being, economic productivity, and public health, fueling a viciouscycle of lowered expectations, deep shame, and hopelessness. In this groundbreaking book, Stephen Hinshaw examines the longstanding tendency to stigmatize those with mental illness. He also provides practical strategies for overcoming this serious problem, including enlightened social policies that encourage, rather than discourage, contact with thoseafflicted, media coverage emphasizing their underlying humanity, family education, and responsive treatment. The Mark of Shame is a deeply inspiring and passionate work that is realistic and filled with hope. It combines personal accounts with information from social and evolutionary psychology, sociology, and public policy to provide messages that are essential for anyone afflicted or familiar with mentalillness.
Stephen P. Hinshaw is Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, University of California-Berkeley.
Title:The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:September 10, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019973092X

ISBN - 13:9780199730926


Table of Contents

1. What is Mental Disorder and What is Stigma?2. Perspectives from Social Psychology, Sociology, and Evolutionary Psychology3. Historical Perspectives on Mental Illness and Stigma4. Modern Conceptions of Mental Disorder5. Evidence from Scientific Investigations6. Indicators of Stigma from Everyday Life7. Stigma of Mental Illness: An Integration8. Research Directions and Priorities9. Overcoming Stigma I: Legislation, Policy, and Community Efforts10. Overcoming Stigma II: Media and Mental Health Professionals11. Overcoming Stigma III: Families and Individuals12. Concluding IssuesReferences