Year: 1998 Source: Social Science and Medicine, v.46, no.2, (January 1998), p.287-297 SIEC No: 19980417

This paper presents an exploratory study of factors of perceived risk related to people who experience serious mental illness. 4 stakeholder groups were surveyed: service users, their caregivers, mental health professionals & the general public. Six factors of perceived risk were produced from the data: underclass, medical disempowerment, threat, vulnerability, self-harm & dependency. Results suggest that stakeholders have a wider perception of risk than those defined in current policy.