Stigma against mental illness: Perspectives of mental health service users

Namino Ottewell

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This study aimed to understand the perception, management and experience of stigma among people with mental illness in Japan. Interviews with people with mental illness were conducted and the data were analysed using grounded theory approach. The results showed that participants’ major concerns appeared to obtain or keep a job, and being regarded as ‘abnormal’. Overall, there were more affinities rather than differences between Japan and Western countries, whilst some cultural factors which seem to be related to the differences are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
JournalMental Health and Prevention
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sept 1


  • Depression
  • Japan
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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