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Research Snapshot: Adolescent’s knowledge of and stigma towards schizophrenia

January 12, 2012

For people living with mental illness, stigma can be a large barrier that prevents improvement in their lives. But little research has been done to understand how stigma emerges in youth.

Researchers in Ontario explored how adolescent stigma toward people with schizophrenia is related to demographics. They also looked at how much knowledge adolescents have about the mental disorder. Their findings can help inform the efforts of those who are designing anti-stigma campaigns.

EENet has developed a Research Snapshot of the article, “Adolescent knowledge of schizophrenia and social distancing: A province-wide survey,” by Guy Faulkner and others. It was originally published in the Journal of Community Psychology vol. 38, no. 8 (2010): 933-42. The Snapshot is available at

Research Snapshots are brief, clear language summaries of research articles, presented in a user-friendly format. To read EENet’s clear language summary of this and other articles, visit the “What’s New” page on the EENet website at

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