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Identification of mental illness: Its consequences for rejection.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Community mental health journal
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
3
Pages
262–266
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF01434882
PMID: 24186610
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper is concerned with the significance of recent changes in the public's ability to correctly identify descriptions of mental illness. Whereas other investigators have argued that increased abilities to identify mental illness may lead to greater acceptance of the mentally ill, this paper suggests that increased abilities to identify mental illness may very well have directly opposite consequences. Data collected in a small New England community revealed that the ability to correctly identify behavior as mental illness is associated with rejection, not with acceptance.

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