Department of Social Work
Validity and reliability of internalized stigma of mental illness (Cantonese)
© 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. Purpose: This study aims to translate and test the reliability and validity of the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness-Cantonese (ISMI-C). Methods: The original English version of ISMI is translated into the ISMI-C by going through forward and backward translation procedure. A cross-sectional research design is adopted that involved 295 participants randomly drawn from a population of Chinese consumers participated in different kinds of community-based mental health services. Results: Results show that the Cronbach’s α coefficient of the ISMI-C is.93. With regard to validity test, the ISMI-C shows significant and negative correlation with measures on self-esteem and quality of life. Also, an explorative factor analysis yields five factors that are consistent with previous research results. Discussion: This study shows that the ISMI-C is a reliable and valid measure. ISMI-C can facilitate the development of interventions in reducing self-stigma for people with mental illness across Chinese societies.
internalized stigma of mental illness, mental illness, validation
Source Publication Title
Research on Social Work Practice
Link to Publisher's Edition
Young, Daniel Kim-Wan, Petrus Y. N. Ng, Jia-Yan Pan, and Daphne Cheng. "Validity and reliability of internalized stigma of mental illness (Cantonese)." Research on Social Work Practice (2015).