The mediating role of perceived social support in the relationship between perceived stigma and depression among individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders

Chang, C., Chang, K., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Chang, C., Lin, C. and Pakpour, A.H., 2021. The mediating role of perceived social support in the relationship between perceived stigma and depression among individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. ISSN 1351-0126

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Abstract

Introduction: Although the relationship between perceived stigma and mental health outcomes are documented in the existing literature, very few studies have investigated the mechanism linking perceived stigma and mental health outcomes among individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders. To the best of the present authors’ knowledge, the social support deterioration deterrence model has never been tested in the context of perceived stigma among individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders.

Aim/Question: Guided by the social support deterioration deterrence model, the present study investigated the mediating role of perceived support from three types of social network members (i.e., significant others, family members, friends) in the association between perceived stigma and depression in individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders.

Method: The study employed a cross-sectional survey design comprising 300 participants diagnosed with substance use disorders in Taiwan.

Results: Results of a structural equation modeling analysis indicated that perceived stigma was significantly associated with depression. The relationship between perceived stigma and depression was partially mediated by perceived family support and perceived friend support.

Discussion: Consistent with the prediction of the social support deterioration deterrence model, the negative effect of perceived stigma on depression for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders is through the mediating effect of social support.

Implications for practices: Based on the present study’s results, psychosocial interventions to increase perceived support from family and friends would be helpful in addressing negative effects of perceived stigma on mental health among individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Creators: Chang, C., Chang, K., Griffiths, M.D., Chang, C., Lin, C. and Pakpour, A.H.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 28 August 2021
ISSN: 1351-0126
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1111/jpm.12794DOI
1464396Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 31 Aug 2021 10:20
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 10:20
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44093

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