Impact of Diversion Programs on Consumers' Quality of Life and Depressive Symptomatology
Group: Kent State University
Self-concept can be defined as the individual’s perception of who s/he is and this perception is affected by the types of interactions the person has with others. The degree to which the stigma of mental illness is incorporated into an individual’s self-concept increases the likelihood that the illness is long term, that self-esteem is lowered, and that there are negative social psychological, mental health, and behavioral outcomes. In this study, we assessed the effects of participating in two diversion programs on the amount of services received and the level of stigma individuals felt. We also assessed the effects of services received and stigma on such long-term consequences as quality of life, depression, and subsequent encounters with the police.
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