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  1. Introduction
  2. Background of study
  3. Research Question
  4. Purpose of the study
  5. Literature review
  6. Methodology
  7. Data collection
  8. Conclusion

Globally, information age awareness has heightened interconnected efforts underlining the essence of social inclusion in itself to counter the unjustified restrictions and stigmatizations experienced by individuals suffering from mental illness. After a series of assessments of the levels of discrimination across Eurozone region, consistent findings are obtained revealing that individuals reported of mental illness are rarely accorded equal value with other human beings. Typically, this is evident from declining numbers in employment and inadequate financial investments to support their health services in contrast to funds allocated in the larger health kitty. At the family level, the situation is no more different translating to a phenomenon of ultimate stigma; rejection and avoidance as they are regarded core source of family shame. With such incidence of disengagement from the large population trickling down to the family unit, individuals identified with mental illness are compelled to a vicious cycle of affecting their everyday lives. Ensuing from the experiences of spreading social stigma, their situation is heading for worse levels and hard for them to seek and access healthcare; hence the mushrooming rates of under treatment in tandem with poverty levels and further social marginalization.

[...] Reliability and Validity Reliability and validity were highly emphasized right from preliminary testing to adopt of method triangulation. For instance, the use of natural observation facilitated the capture of information on the social settings. Furthermore, applying method triangulation comprising interviewing, questionnaire and natural observation provided counterchecks to inherent deficiency in each of them. Conclusion With incidences of disengagement from the large population trickling down to the family unit, individuals identified with mental illness are compelled to a vicious cycle of affecting their everyday lives. [...]

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[...] A convenient schedule developed for them while the rest indicated no objections to participate in their natural settings. Data collection 10 For the success of the project in accomplishing the intended purpose, information is collected by applying a three staged approach involving data triangulation, method triangulation and theoretical triangulation. Firstly, data triangulation enhances the collection of information from sampled respondents comprising mentally ill persons and individuals who survived scares of mental illness. Secondly, method triangulation pertains use of several methods in obtaining primary data through three ways: questionnaire survey, interviewing sessions, and naturalistic observations to ensure a realistic and reliable interaction from the actual setting. [...]

[...] Retrieved august from Werth, S. (2012). Negative Events, Positive Outcomes: Improving Labour Force Outcomes via Tertiary Study for Individuals with disability and Chronic Disability. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 345-366. [...]

[...] Reeder, G. D., & Pryor, J. B. (2008). Dual Psychological Processes Underlying Public Stigma and the Implication for Reducing Stigma. Mens Sana Monographs, 175-186. Shrivastava, A., Bureau, Y., Rewari, N., & Johnston, M. (2013, April-June). Clinical Risk of Stigma and Discrimination of Mental Illnesses: Need for Objective Assessment and Quantification. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 178- Sienkiewicz, D. (2012). Mental health. [...]

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