Self-Perception of Stigmatization in Educated and Un-Educated Psychiatric Patients

Author: Jafar Ali

Supervisor: Ms. Omama Tariq

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

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


The aim of the study was to investigate self-perception of stigmatization in educated and un-educated psychiatric patients. The research also examined gender differences in perception of stigmatization. It was hypothesized that there is a difference in perception of stigmatization in educated and un-educated psychiatric patients. A sample of 100 (50 males and 50 female) psychiatric patients was collected from different psychiatric wards of government hospitals. Urdu version of Discrimination and Stigma Scale (DISC, Thorn croft; 2006) was used for assessment. Data was analyzed through independent sample t-test and Pearson Product Moment Correlation. Results of the research showed significant differences in perception of stigma in educated and un- educated psychiatric patients. Un-educated psychiatric patients self- perceived more stigma as compared to educated psychiatric patients. No gender differences were seen in educated and uneducated psychiatric patients regarding self-perception of stigmatization.

Keywords: Self-Perception, Stigmatization, Psychiatric.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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