A stigmatizating attitude towards psychiatric illnesses is associated with narcissistic personality traits


Arikan K.

ISRAEL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND RELATED SCIENCES, cilt.42, ss.248-250, 2005 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 42 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2005
  • Dergi Adı: ISRAEL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND RELATED SCIENCES
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.248-250

Özet

This study investigates the personality characteristics of individuals who have stigmatizing attitudes towards people with mental illness. Material and Method: 700 final-year university students completed the "Dangerousness Scale," the "Affective Reaction Scale" and 88 items of the "Defense Style Questionnaire" (DSQ). Results: The results showed that there is a strongly positive correlation between the use of narcissistic defenses and the tendency to stigmatize. In contrast, those with mature defenses have a strong tendency not to stigmatize. Conclusions: The findings suggest that personality traits should be considered in efforts to understand stigmatization.