Review of the Literature. The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. (See page 5)

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Becker, H. 1963. Outsiders: Studies in the sociology of deviance. The Free Press, New York.
Bourget Management Consulting. 2007. Mental Health Literacy: A Review of the Literature. The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. (See page 5)

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Caird, B. and M. Stephens. 2000. Countering Stigma and Discrimination: Service Quality Guidelines for The Public Sector. Project to Counter Stigma and Discrimination Associated with Mental Illness, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

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Corrigan and Watson (2002); Schumaker et al (2003) as cited in Fighting Shadows, page 12 (see below)
Fikkers, D., S. Goldsack, et al. 2005. Discriminating Times? A Re-survey of New Zealand Print Media Reporting on Mental Health. Wellington, Mental Health Commission. (
Foucault, M. 1967. Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. London. Tavistock.
Goffman, E. 1961. Asylum: Essays on the Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates. Penguin Books, London. (See also Goffman (1963) and Stigma as a seminal work on labelling and stigma.)
Lillis, S, Mellsop, G, Dutu, G. 2008. The Views of General Practitioners on the Major Psychiatric Classification Systems. New Zealand Family Physician, 35:91-95
Lillis, S, Mellsop, G, Emery, M. 2008. Diagnosing Mental Illness in General Practice. Medical Journal of New Zealand.
Link, B, Cullen, F, Struening, E, Shrout, P, Dohrenwend, B. 1989. A Modified Labeling Theory Approach to Mental Disorders: An Empirical Assessment American Sociological Review, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jun., 1989), pp. 400-423


Link, B, Phelan, J. 1999. The Labeling Theory of Mental Disorder (II): The Consequences of Labeling. A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health: Social Contexts, Theories and Systems. Horwitz, A, Schied, T (eds). Cambridge University Press.


Mellsop, G, Banzato, C, Shinfuku, N, Nagamine, M, Pereira, M, Dutu, G. 2008. An International Study of the Views of Psychiatrists on Present and preferred Characteristics of Classification of Psychiatric Disorders. International Journal of Mental Health, 36:4: 18 - 26.
Mellsop, G, Dutu, G, Robinson, G, 2007. New Zealand psychiatrists’ views on global features of ICD-10 and DSM-IV. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 41: 157-165.

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Mental Health Commission. 2002. Recovery Competencies for New Zealand Mental Health Workers. (Document Link:
Mentality. November 2004. Marginalized groups: people with mental health problems. London: Mentality.

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Moeke-Maxwell, T, Wells, D, Mellsop, G. 2008. Tangata whaiora/consumers perspectives on current psychiatric classification systems. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 2:7.

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O'Connor, P. 2000. Crucibles and Mirrors. International Drama in Education Research Institute, Ohio State University.
Peterson, D, Barnes, A, Duncan, C. 2008. Fighting Shadows: Self-stigma and Mental Illness: Whawhai Atu te Whakama Hihira. Auckland: Mental Health Foundation. (Document link:
Peterson, D, Pere, L, Sheehan, N, & Surgenor, G. 2006. Experiences of mental health discrimination in New Zealand. Health and Social Care in the Community, 15(1), 18-25. (Abstract link:;jsessionid=JT0Q2PYN2vNf2t4Mz8c7K2JL1qj5Qc7DFz5fJvXWFxv28np2TWvq!-1922286307!181195628!8091!-1)
Peterson, D, Pere, L, Sheehan, N, & Surgenor, G. 2004. Respect costs nothing: a survey of discrimination faced by people with experience of mental illness in Aotearoa New Zealand: full report. Auckland: Mental Health Foundation. (Available from the Mental Health Foundation by emailing:
Pickering, M. 2001. Stereotyping: The Politics of Representation. Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York, NY. Palgrave. (is an update on ‘scapegoating’.)
Porter, R. 1987. A Social History of Madness: the World Through the Eyes of the Insane. NY, Weidenfield & Nicholson. (is good place to have stereotyping and stigma looked at through the subject’s viewpoint.)

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Read, J., L. R. Mosher, et al., Eds. 2004. Models of Madness: Sociological, Social and Biological Approaches to Schizophrenia. East Sussex, New York, Brunner Routledge.
SANE. 2005. SANE Research Report 1: mental illness and social isolation. Australia: SANE. (Document link:
Sayce, L. 2000. From Psychiatric Patient to Citizen: Overcoming Discrimination and Social Exclusion. Macmillan.

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Scheff, Thomas J. 1966. Being Mentally Ill. Aldine Transaction.
Simpson, D. A., B. McKenna, et al. 2003. Myth and Reality: the Relationship Between Mental Illness and Homicide in New Zealand. Auckland, Health Research Council of New Zealand supported by The Mental Health Commission. (Read the introduction by Patrick Smellie)

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Wright, ER, Gronfein, WP, Owens, TJ. 2000 Deinstitutionalization, Social Rejection, and the Self-Esteem of Former Mental Patients Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Vol 41 (March):68-90

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Yip K-S. (2005). Coping with Public Labeling of Clients with Mental Illness in Hong Kong: A Report of Personal Experiences.   International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. 9, (2)

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Yzerbyt, V, Rocher, S, et al. 1997. Stereotypes as Explanations: A Subjective Essentialistic View of Group Perception. The Social Psychology of Stereotyping and Group Life. R. Spears, P. J. Oakes, N. Ellemers and S. A. Haslam. Oxford, UK; Cambridge , Massachusetts, US., Blackwell Publishers.

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Online news articles

Roberts, M. 2005. Madness of labelling mental illness. BBC News.

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BBC News. 2000. Mental illness diagnosed too quickly.

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