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Stigma ...what is it?

what is it
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Franca Bonofiglio

on 20 April 2010

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STIGMA....what is it? The following are definitions of 'stigma' taken from various sources and from different historical periods............. "a mark or a sign of disgrace or discredit: a visible sign or characteristic of disease. The concise OxfordDictionary,1990 Goffman, E., Stigma The management of Spoiled Identiy,
1963
An attribute which is deeply discreditying. "A visible sign of disgrace or a disease. The Concie Oxford Dictionary, 1990 "A distinguishing mark or characteristic of a bad or objectionable kind; a sign of some specific disorder, as hysteria; a mark made upon the skin by burning with a hot iron, as a token of infamy or subjection; a brand; a mark of disgrace or infamy; a sign of severe censure or condemnation, regarded as impressed on a person or thing." The shorter Oxford Dictionary, Fourth Edition, 1993 THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS
"Stigma refers to a cluster of negative attitudes and beliefs that motivate the general public to fear, reject, avoid and discriminate against people with mental illnesses. Stigma is not just a matter of using the wrong word or action. Stigma is about disrespect. It is the use of negative labels to identify a person living with mental illness. Stigma is a BARRIER. Fear of stigma and the resulting discrimination discourages individuals and their families from getting the help they need." (SAMHSA) Terms related to Stigma: STEREOTYPE: "a person or thing that conforms to an unjustly fixed impression or attitude" "all people with a mental illness are dangerous!" PREJUDICE: "A preconceived opinion" " I think people with mental illness are dangerous" DISCRIMINATION: "Unfavourable treatment based on prejudice" I don't want people with mental illness around me, therefore I
discriminate against them by not hiring them, not being friends with them, etc"
the concise oxford Dictionary, 1990 REFERENCES:
definitions from the TAMI guide
www.camh.net>
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