Paradigms LostFighting Stigma and the Lessons Learned

Paradigms LostFighting Stigma and the Lessons Learned

Heather Stuart, Julio Arboleda-Florez, and Norman Sartorius

Print publication date: Jun 2012

ISBN: 9780199797639

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

This resource challenges key paradigms currently held about the prevention or reduction of stigma attached to mental illness using evidence and the experience the authors gathered during the many years of their work in this field. Each chapter examines one currently held paradigm and presents reasons why it should be replaced with a new perspective. It argues for enlightened opportunism (using every opportunity to fight stigma), rather than more time-consuming planning, and emphasizes that the best way to approach anti-stigma work is to select targets jointly with those who are most concerned.