Reducing stigma of criminal insanity
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Arch Psych Psych 2010;12(3):69-71
Aim. Analysis of phenomena and possible factors influencing public opposition to the program of Residential Secure Treatment Facility for criminally insane patients. Method. Review of the minutes of meeting with neighbours and officials. Results. Study of the 31 statements revealed different aspects of prejudices and negative emotional reactions. Contacts between members of community and residents evidently improve the relations. Conclusions. The authors conclude that the implementation the Good Neighbor Agreement and encouraging direct contact between neighbours and patients both reduced to some degree the public stigma of criminal insanity.
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