Objectives: To examine the level of perceived stigma experienced by people with mental illnesses and its
relation to patient's age, gender, marital status, employment status, psychiatric diagnosis, and education level.
Methods: This is a cross-sectional study conducted among patients attending Psychiatric Clinic at Sultan
Qaboos University Hospital. Perceived stigma was assessed using the modified version of the 42 patients’ stigma
scale. Data were analyzed using statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS) version 19.
Results: A total of 197 patients participated in the study (49% males and 52% females). Disclosure and
discrimination of mental illness subscales were highest factor of self- or perceived stigma compared to the positive
aspects. The impact of demographic factors and psychiatric diagnosis on the perception of stigma was not statistically
Conclusion: This study showed that attendees of the Psychiatry Clinic at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital
were less likely to disclose their mental illness and experienced more discrimination of mental illness than the