An Anti-Stigma Approach to Working with Persons with Severe Mental Disability: Seeking Real Change Through Narrative Change
Kondrat, D. and Teater, B., 2009. An Anti-Stigma Approach to Working with Persons with Severe Mental Disability: Seeking Real Change Through Narrative Change. Journal of Social Work Practice, 23 (1), pp. 35-47.
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Self-stigma is the process whereby individuals expect to be discriminated against by society and in turn hold prejudicial beliefs about themselves. Self-stigma is particularly difficult for persons with severe mental disability (SMD) as they often experience stigma from the public and, thus, allow the public stigma to foster self-stigma. Public and self-stigma are theorised to be comprised of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination. This paper proposes that in order to decrease self-stigma among persons with SMD, social work and mental health practitioners need to intervene on an individual and/or societal level to dispute stereotypes, prevent prejudices and combat discrimination. We propose an individual-level, anti-stigma approach utilising social constructivism, adaptive systems theory and narrative therapy to empower persons with SMD to reconstruct their sense of self that is free from stigma.
|Creators||Kondrat, D.and Teater, B.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords||adaptive systems theory, empowerment, narrative therapy, social constructivism, self-stigma, severe mental disability|
|Departments||Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences|
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