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Exploring the experience of stigma in severe mental illness : a Portuguese contribution to the validation of a psychometric instrument / Luis Pedro Santos de Mendonça ; orient. Manuel Gonçalves Pereira

Main Author Mendonça, Luis Pedro Santos de Language Inglês. Country Portugal. Publication Lisboa : Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, 2014 Description 86 p. Dissertation Note or Thesis: Dissertação de Mestrado, Política e Serviços de Saúde Mental, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Topical name Prejudice
Mentally Ill Persons
Validation Studies as Topic
Academic Dissertation
CDU 616 Classification Política e Serviços de Saúde Menta Online Resources Click here to access the eletronic resource List(s) this item appears in: Teses NL
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Dissertação de Mestrado, Política e Serviços de Saúde Mental, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

We reviewed the evolution of concept of stigma, its correlates and consequences, and analysed psychometric instruments that were used to study personal experiences of stigma. We provided an insight over research of stigma in Portugal. We reviewed relevant studies that use Consumer Experiences of Stigma Questionnaire and documented psychometric properties of this instrument. Our study aimed both to explore experiences of stigma in a Portuguese sample of people with severe mental illness and to contribute to the assessment of the psychometric properties of Consumer Experiences of Stigma Questionnaire and to the validation of its Portuguese translation. We performed a cross sectional descriptive and analytic study, collected socio-demographic data and measured experiences of stigma and global functioning. Frequency of responses regarding stigma section of CESQ matched previous studies using that scale. Frequency of responses in discrimination section was slightly lower than previously reported studies. We found an association between the discrimination score of CESQ and both male gender and living in the community. The discrimination score also positively correlated with global functioning. Cronbach alphas for CESQ and its subscales were good. Intraclass correlation coefficients for CESQ and stigma subscale were also good. Using factor analysis we found most of the items in CESQ would fit 2 factors, grossly corresponding to the previously defined subscales. We conclude that this study successfully explored stigma in Portugal, contributing in simultaneous to the validation of Consumer Experiences Questionnaire.

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