Chinese lay theory and mental illness stigma: Implications for research and practices

Chow S. Lam, Wing Hong Hector Tsang, Patrick W. Corrigan, Yueh Ting Lee, Beth Angell, Kan Shi, Shenghua Jin, Jonathon E. Larson

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This paper describes lay theories of mental illness in Chinese culture and its possible contribution to the stigma associated with persons with mental illness in that culture. These lay theories reflect to some degree, fundamental Chinese beliefs and values including: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and folk religions. Specific stigmas related to the public, family, and self are presented. Implications for rehabilitation practices and research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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