Impact of Stigma on Daily Life of Psychiatric Patients in Gaza Strip
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 3, Issue 3, June 2014, Pages: 100-104
Received: Jun. 15, 2014; Accepted: Jun. 30, 2014; Published: Jul. 10, 2014
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Sami Abu Ishaq, Al-Quds Open University, Khan Younis Educational Region, Gaza Strip, Palestine
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Stigma among psychiatric patients is dangerous because it interferes with understanding, obtaining support from friends and family, and it delays getting help. This study aimed to assess the impact of stigma on daily life of psychiatric patients in Gaza Strip-Palestine. The impact of stigma on daily life and personal data questionnaire were distributed to 150 subjects, while 106 participants completed and returned the questionnaire (RR=70.55%). Most participants reported high impact of stigma on their daily life. No significant differences in stigma impact were found due to gender, age, and marital status. It can be concluded that stigma has great effect on psychiatric patients’ daily life. Stigma reduction program is suggested and community awareness is recommended.
Impact, Stigma, Psychiatric Patient, Gaza
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Sami Abu Ishaq, Impact of Stigma on Daily Life of Psychiatric Patients in Gaza Strip, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 3, 2014, pp. 100-104. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20140303.13
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