Background: This is an analytical-descriptive study aimed to evaluate the relations of self-esteem, demographic variables, psychiatric diagnosis, and Frequency of hospitalization with mental illness stigma in psychiatric patients of Ghods hospital of Sanandaj, 2014.
Method: Among all patient who have the inclusion criteria, those who admit informed consent (152 participant), complete questionnaires and other needed information’s. Then other necessary data’s were gives from the psychiatric documentations of the patients. Measures are Rosenberg’s self-esteem Scale, Stigma scale. The 20th version of SPSS software was used to analyzing data’s and it did through these statistical analyses: Pearson’s Coloration Coefficient, independent T test, and One-way ANOVA.
Findings: The results shows that it doesn’t any significant relations between age, gender, vocation, psychiatric diagnosis, duration and also frequency of hospitalization with stigma of mental illness but a significant negative correlation (-0/42) find between self-esteem and stigma.
Conclusion: It seems that stigma is a cultural variable and has a little associations with variables such as age, gender, vocation, psychiatric diagnosis, duration and also frequency of hospitalization. It may be that have other determinants that correlated with negative self-esteem.