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The delaying effect of stigma on mental health help-seeking in Sri Lanka

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Abstract


  • Background: Mental health stigma has been associated with delays in seeking treatment. Aims: To describe perceived stigma experienced by patients and carers in Sri Lanka and to determine the effects of stigma on help-seeking delay. Methods: Survey of outpatients and family carers (n = 118 dyads) attending two psychiatric hospitals in Sri Lanka, using the Disclosure and Discrimination subscales of the Stigma Scale. Results: Stigma was positively related to help-seeking delay for carers but not patients. Public stigma experienced by carers accounted for 23% of the variance in help-seeking delay. Conclusion: Reducing stigma may reduce help-seeking delays during the course of treatment. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

UOW Authors


  •   Fernando, Sunera (external author)
  •   Deane, Frank
  •   McLeod, Hamish J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Fernando, S. M., Deane, F. P. & McLeod, H. J. (2017). The delaying effect of stigma on mental health help-seeking in Sri Lanka. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 9 (1), 1-3.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84983463682

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3974&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2971

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 3

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Background: Mental health stigma has been associated with delays in seeking treatment. Aims: To describe perceived stigma experienced by patients and carers in Sri Lanka and to determine the effects of stigma on help-seeking delay. Methods: Survey of outpatients and family carers (n = 118 dyads) attending two psychiatric hospitals in Sri Lanka, using the Disclosure and Discrimination subscales of the Stigma Scale. Results: Stigma was positively related to help-seeking delay for carers but not patients. Public stigma experienced by carers accounted for 23% of the variance in help-seeking delay. Conclusion: Reducing stigma may reduce help-seeking delays during the course of treatment. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

UOW Authors


  •   Fernando, Sunera (external author)
  •   Deane, Frank
  •   McLeod, Hamish J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Fernando, S. M., Deane, F. P. & McLeod, H. J. (2017). The delaying effect of stigma on mental health help-seeking in Sri Lanka. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 9 (1), 1-3.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84983463682

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3974&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2971

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 3

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia