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Mental health stigma in Ireland: exploring occupational therapists perspectives

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dc.contributor.advisor Salmon, Nancy Hanby, Louise 2013-06-13T13:59:12Z 2013-06-13T13:59:12Z 2012
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Stigma is considered the main barrier to recovery for people living with a mental illness. The process of stigma can be inconspicuous, operating through individual, systemic, institutional and structural levels and can leave those working in mental health care unsure of their role in the stigma process. Semi-structured interviews explored views of nine occupational therapists working in mental health, focusing on their perspectives of stigma and drawing on experiences of stigma acting as a barrier to their client’s recovery. The purpose of this research was to develop a greater understanding of forces that perpetuate mental health stigma. The results suggest that the invisibility of mental illness is a major element of stigma that warrants attention. working in mental health primarily address stigma at an individual level. The main force perpetuating mental health stigma was identified as structural discrimination. Finally, the findings suggest the need for occupational therapists to reflect on their role in stigma management and to establish a channel in which to inform wider mental health practice of the need to target structural levels of discrimination. This study will be of particular relevance to occupational therapist working in mental health and endeavours to deepen their understanding of the stigma process. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject occupational therapy en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject stigma en_US
dc.title Mental health stigma in Ireland: exploring occupational therapists perspectives en_US
dc.type Master thesis (Taught) en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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