P-1141 - External shame and psychosis
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IntroductionPsychosis often leads to stigmatization and reduction of social power and prestige of the individual, hence leading further o social rejection and shame.ObjectiveThe current study assessed the role of external shame on psychiatric patients.AimThe present study aimed at evaluating external shame in psychiatric patients who where cared by the Department of Psychiatry at the University Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Greece.Method45 patients suffering from schizophrenia participated to the present study (18 men and 27 women with mean age of 44.09 SD = 11.55, ranged 19–75). The measures used were: a) the Other As Shamer scale (OAS) b), a questionnaire concerning socio-demographic information,ResultsThe average of the external shame (OAS total) was 11.11 ± 5.22, without any statistical significant difference among gender in their comparison with the t-Test (p =  .864). This ismuch lower than the average normal external shame the Greek population (17.74 ± 9.02).The analysis of variance between age groups showed that age, place of residence and educational level did not affect the external shame in psychotic patients. The marital status demonstrated a significant effect on external shame of psychotic patients where the application of the Bonferonni criterion was found that a) married participants demonstrated statistical significant difference from widowed (p = .030) and b) differed significantly from divorced widows (p = .011). Indeed, the widowed psychiatric patients exhibited greater levels of external shame.ConclusionLow levels of external shame may reflect difficulties in interpersonal relationships. Our findings illuminate the external shame in psychiatric patients.

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