The effectiveness of an anti-stigma intervention in a basic police officer training programme: a controlled study.

Lars Hansson, Urban Markström

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    Abstract

    Stigma and discrimination are still prominent features of the life situation of persons with mental illness, adding to the burden of the illness, causing a lowered self-esteem, quality of life and affecting possibilities of adequate housing and work. It is also a major barrier to help seeking. The deinstitutionalization of mental health services has led to a significant increase in contacts between the police and persons with mental illness. It has been argued that police officers should be provided education and training to enable them to interact adaptively and with good outcomes with people with mental illness. The present study is investigating the effectiveness of an anti-stigma intervention in a basic police officer training programme at a university in Sweden.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number55
    JournalBMC Psychiatry
    Volume14
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Subject classification (UKÄ)

    • Psychiatry

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