ERIC Number: EJ890072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
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Understanding and Coping with Stigma
Mittan, Robert J.
Exceptional Parent, v40 n5 p37-41 May 2010
Having a disability or chronic health condition saddles the person with more than just the physical complaint. One has to struggle with the social meaning of that disorder as well. Often society is not very accepting of illness and disability and the person affected becomes stigmatized as a result. Stigma is a common problem among the disabled community. It not only affects the person with the disability, but may extend to include his or her whole family as well. The person is shunned. Social opportunities are denied. Self-esteem suffers. This article discusses how to deal with stigma--specifically the stigma attached to physical disorder.
Descriptors: Chronic Illness, Disabilities, Social Bias, Social Attitudes, Coping, Social Influences, Self Esteem, Social Environment, Interpersonal Relationship
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