Issue Brief: Understanding and Addressing the Stigma Experienced by People with First Episode Psychosis

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A report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS, 2016) summarized the extensive research literature on the stigma of serious mental illness (SMI) in adults. Conceptual models that emerged provide a preliminary framework for understanding how stigma may harm people experiencing first episode psychosis (FEP). In this report, the authors attempt to understand the stigma of people with FEP, with the narrative divided into the two sections that were outlined in the NAS ISSUE BRIEF report: What is the stigma of FEP? and How might this stigma be diminished?


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