Mom’s Opinion Impacts Recovery from Mental Illness

By Rick Nauert, PHD

An interesting new study finds that the attitude of family members toward mental illness can aid or hinder the recovery of mentally ill relatives.

Researchers from Northern Illinois University discovered that while family members often provide critical support, they also can sometimes be the source of stigmatizing attitudes that impede the recovery of mentally ill relatives.

“Negative attitudes of family members have the potential to affect the ways that mentally ill persons view themselves, adversely influencing the likelihood of recovery from the illness,” said lead researcher Dr. Fred Markowitz, an NIU professor of sociology.

Full story at PsychCentral

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