Objective: Research evidence suggests that interpersonal contact reduces public stigma, but few studies focus on the self-stigma. Based on this contact hypothesis, we developed a 1-day natural contact program to reduce self-stigma of schizophrenic patients. Methods: In total, 17 in patients with chronic schizophrenia joined the program and completed the Perceived Psychiatric Stigma Scale before and after the activity. A paired t-test was used to test the effect of the program. Results: It showed that the subscale fear of social ostracism significantly improved, but concerns over marital prospects and self-deprecation did not. Conclusion: The finding suggests that interpersonal contact would be a practical strategy to reduce patients' fear of social ostracism, and it is necessary to create advanced strategies for reducing the other dimensions of self-stigma.
- contact hypothesis
- social ostracism