The present study investigated disclosure patterns among mental health consumers (N = 500) and examined the relationships among disclosure, perceived stigmatization, perceived social support, and self-esteem. Results suggest that selective disclosure optimizes social support and limits stigmatization. Perceived stigmatization has a detrimental impact on self-esteem, especially for those who are relatively open about their mental disorder.

dx.doi.org/10.1080/01612840802601382, hdl.handle.net/1765/16966
Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Bos, A.E.R, Kanner, D, Muris, P.E.H.M, Janssen, B, & Mayer, B.N. (2009). Mental illness stigma and disclosure: Consequences of coming out of the closet. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 30(8), 509–513. doi:10.1080/01612840802601382