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April 20th, 2009
Special Feature
Nolan Zane on the Stigma of Mental Illness

Nolan Zane: …there is great stigma surrounding mental illness in most populations, but our research has shown that the stigma is even greater in Asian American communities and East Asian societies. Why? We’re not sure, but we do know it’s a much greater level than general population – so this may prevent people from seeking services. They are ashamed, they’re afraid, and they’re also concerned about how, if people found out they have a mental illness, how this would reflect on their family. So there’s a lot of concern about losing face – or sort of about impugning the family’s reputation because you have certain problems– so that clearly is a factor in terms of access of services.

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