Carer burden and stigma in schizophrenia and affective disorders: experiences from Sri Lanka

Fernando, S. M., Deane, F. P., McLeod, H. J. and Davis, E. L. (2017) Carer burden and stigma in schizophrenia and affective disorders: experiences from Sri Lanka. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 26, pp. 77-81. (doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2017.01.023)

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Objectives: Stigma compounds the burden experienced by family members of those with a mental illness. This study aimed to examine burden experienced by carers of people with schizophrenia or affective disorders and to explore the relationship between carer burden and stigma. Method: A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted with patient-carer dyads involving 67 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and 51 diagnosed with affective disorder. Carers completed the Zarit Burden Interview (short version) and stigma was measured using the Stigma Scale and the Internalised Stigma of Mental Illness Scale. Results: Carer burden was significantly higher for schizophrenia than affective disorders. Female carers experienced significantly higher burden than male carers. Diagnosis, gender of carer and stigma predicted 22% of the variance in carer burden, with gender identified as a significant predictor. Conclusions: Reducing stigma related to disclosure of mental illness in carers has the potential to reduce carer burden.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McLeod, Professor Hamish
Authors: Fernando, S. M., Deane, F. P., McLeod, H. J., and Davis, E. L.
Subjects:R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Asian Journal of Psychiatry
ISSN (Online):1876-2026
Published Online:20 January 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
First Published:First published in Asian Journal of Psychiatry 26: 77-81
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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