The Correlation Between Schizophrenic Patients’ Level of Internalized Stigma and Their Level of Hope

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Abstract

AIM

The aim of this study is to determine the correlation between schizophrenic patients’ level of internalized stigma and their level of hope.

MATERIAL AND METHOD

The population of the study consisted of patients who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and also met the study inclusion criteria. The study sample selection from the population was not further divided; the study was conducted with 76 patients. The data of the study were collected using a personal information form, the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness (ISMI) Scale, and Herth Hope Scale.

FINDINGS

The patients’ mean score on the Internalized Stigma Scale was 72.78 ± 16.05. Their score on the Hope Scale is 50.36 ± 11.91. A significant negative correlation was found between the total mean scores of ISMI and the Herth Hope Scale (r = −0.360, p < 0.01). A significant positive correlation was found between the stigma resistance subscale mean score of ISMI and the total mean score of the Herth Hope Scale (r = 0.510, p < 0.01).

CONCLUSION

The internalized stigma levels of schizophrenic patients were found to be high, whereas their hope levels were found to be moderate. A significant negative correlation was found between internalized stigma and hope. This study also found a significant positive correlation between the stigma resistance of patients and their hope levels.

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