Correlates of Self-Stigma among Individuals with Substance Use Problems
Correlates, Self-stigma, Substance use
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Although elevated levels of self-stigma are present among individuals with substance use problems, not all individuals with substance use problems experience uniform levels of self-stigma and there is limited information on what accounts for this variation. This research was conducted to identify correlates associated with self-stigma. Self-report measures of self-stigma and potential correlates were administered to 120 individuals residing in a state substance use treatment facility. Demographic and previous treatment variables were not substantially associated with self-stigma, and severity of particular categories of substance use and diagnoses were weakly associated with self-stigma. Mental health variables (temptation to use, depression, anxiety, quality of life) had the strongest associations with substance use self-stigma. Substance use treatment programs may be well advised to proactively address mental health issues and its potential impact on self-stigma, which may ultimately influence engagement, retention and outcome in substance use treatment.
Department of Psychology
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Brown, Seth A.; Kramer, Kirstin; Lewno, Brittany; Dumas, Luci; Sacchetti, Gina; and Powell, Elisa, "Correlates of Self-Stigma among Individuals with Substance Use Problems" (2015). Faculty Publications. 1191.