Mental illness stigma and disclosure: Consequences of coming out of the closet

  • Bos A
  • Kanner D
  • Muris P
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Abstract

The present study investigated disclosure patterns among mental health consumers (N = 500) and examined the relationships among disclosure, perceived stigmatization, perceived social support, and self-esteem. Results suggest that selective disclosure optimizes social support and limits stigmatization. Perceived stigmatization has a detrimental impact on self-esteem, especially for those who are relatively open about their mental disorder.

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Authors

  • Arjan E.R. Bos

  • Daphne Kanner

  • Peter Muris

  • Birgit Janssen

  • Birgit Mayer

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