After the Holocaust

Although it has been over 60 years since the end of the holocaust, the negative stereotypes toward mentally ill individuals still exist.  Deinstitutionalisation has been making its way to many countries since the 1950s.  However, Germany is still in the process probably due to their maintaining many negative views of mentally ill individuals presently.  According to a 2005 study by the University of Leipzig, the German public was less likely to believe that the mentally ill were exposed to stigmatization compared to the study a decade ago (Angermeyer, 2005).  This shows that some stigma towards the mentally ill still exists today.  Also, a study conducted by Heinrich-Heine-University in 2002 found that 81% of Germans would pass over a job application of a former mental patient (Gaebel, 2002).  This shows that views towards Holocaust survivors are well summed up in the following table.

These findings are similar to, and include, mentally ill individuals.  As you can see, the views toward the mentally ill are becoming less stigmatized, but still have a way to go.

 

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