Heterosexism, racism, and mental illness discrimination: Experiences of people with mental health conditions and their families

Lynn Holley, Natasha Mendoza, Melissa M. Del-Colle, Marquita Lynette Bernard

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Experiencing discrimination related to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or having a mental health condition is associated with negative outcomes. Research comparing types of discrimination or considering intersectionalities is lacking. This study reports findings from interviews with people with mental illnesses (PWMI) or family members of PWMI; all study participants also are of color and/or lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Findings include the following: participants experienced multiple forms of discrimination, mental illness discrimination shares characteristics with racism and heterosexism, and heterosexuals and people of color reported more mental illness discrimination than their counterparts. Implications for change advocates, mental health providers, and researchers are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-116
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

Keywords

  • heterosexism; racism; mental illness discrimination; stigma; intersectionality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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