The Impact of Family Environment on Self-Stigmatization and Social Functionality Among Schizophrenic Patients
Background: The family environment has a critical role in treatment compliance, social functioning, and internalized stigmatization of individuals with schizophrenia. This study aimed to determine the relationship between family environment, social functionality, and self-stigmatization.
Aim: This descriptive and cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the impact of the family environment, self-stigmatization, and social functionality on 96 patients with schizophrenia, who were registered with an association called Schizophrenia Friends.
Methods: Data was collected using a questionnaire, which contained a Family Environment Scale, Self-Stigmatization Scale and Social Functionality Evaluation Scale. Descriptive statistics, an independent sample t - test and correlation analyses were used to analyze the data.
Results: The patients had high self-stigmatization and social functionality levels. The self-stigmatization level was higher among those who were single and who lived with their parents, however, the social functionality level was higher among the employed people.
Conclusion: Accordingly, psycho-education sessions can be organized to reduce patients’ stigmatization-related perceptions. [Ethiop. J. Health Dev: 2022: 36(1): 00-00]
Keywords: Self-stigma, Family environment, social functioning, Schizophrenia