Psychotherapy for Self-Stigma among Rural Clients

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Journal of Clinical Psychology (Impact Factor: 2.12). 01/2010; 66(5):524-36. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20679
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ABSTRACT The stigma of mental disorders and psychological treatment afflicts rural clients more than most. This article provides practitioners with guidance in selecting and utilizing effective treatments for self-stigma in rural settings. We review both public stigma and self-stigma. Public stigma explains society's negative impact on individuals, while self-stigma describes an individual's internalization of public stigma. We review treatment principles and empirical research on psychotherapy for self-stigma rural settings. We finish with a case illustration of cognitive therapy with a rural client suffering from self-stigma.

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