Perceived Stigma and Treatment Compliance in Patients Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

Author: Sumera Siddique 

Supervisor: Ms. Tahira Mubashir

Degree: Msc

Year: (2008-2010)

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to explore the relationship between perceived stigma and treatment compliance in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. It was hypothesized (a) that there is an association between perceived stigma and treatment compliance in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia (b) that men are likely to perceive greater stigma associated with schizophrenia as compared to women (c) that men are likely to show lesser treatment compliance as compared to women. A purposive sample of 100 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia (N = 50 males N = 50 females) was taken from Fountain House, Lahore, Pakistan. Age range of the sample was from 30-60 years. Stigma scale by King (2007) and drug attitude inventory by Hogan, Awad and Eastwood (1983) were used for assessment. Results showed perceived stigma as a significant predictor of treatment compliance. Results revealed significant gender differences in perceived stigma and treatment compliance. Mean scores showed that men perceived greater stigma as compared to women. Mean scores showed that men are less compliant with treatment as compared to women. The present research will give insight to the patients diagnosed with schizophrenia to increase their treatment compliance.

Keywords: perceived stigma, treatment compliance, schizophrenia, gender differences.

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