J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2012 Jun;21(2):108-117.

Factors Affecting Internalized Stigma of Patient with Schizophrenia

  • 1College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea. jss@pusan.ac.kr


The purpose of this study was to explore internalized stigma of patients with schizophrenia and examine factors contributing to their internalized stigma.
Participants in this study were 173 patients schizophrenia living in Busan. Data were collected between January 2 to 16, 2012 using the Korean version of the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness Scale (ISMI), and measurements of Self-esteem, Depression, Family and Social support, and Insight. Data were analyzed using the SPSS/WIN 18.0 program.
The mean score for internalized stigma was 68.8+/-12.15. The significant factors influencing internalized stigma were depression, insight, admission status, mental health center services, number of admissions, self-esteem, and family support. These factors explained 40.8% of the variance.
The results suggest that in development and practice of programs to decrease internalized stigma in patients with schizophrenia factors identified in this study as influencing internalized stigma should be considered.


Schizophrenia; Internalized stigma; Depression; Self-esteem

MeSH Terms

Mental Health


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