Social stigma

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Social stigma is the disapproval of, or discrimination against, a person based on perceivable social characteristics that serve to distinguish them from other members of a society.wikipedia
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Erving Goffman

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Erving Goffman was one of the most influential sociologists of the twentieth century.
His major areas of study included the sociology of everyday life, social interaction, the social construction of self, social organization (framing) of experience, and particular elements of social life such as total institutions and stigmas.

Labeling theory

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Identity threat theories can go hand-in-hand with labeling theory.
Labeling theory concerns itself mostly not with the normal roles that define our lives, but with those very special roles that society provides for deviant behavior, called deviant roles, stigmatic roles, or social stigma.

Mental disorder

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The broad groups of black and white, homosexual and heterosexual, the sane and the mentally ill; and young and old are all examples of this.
Stigma and discrimination can add to the suffering and disability associated with mental disorders, leading to various social movements attempting to increase understanding and challenge social exclusion.

Mental health

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The members of the labeled groups are subsequently disadvantaged in the most common group of life chances including income, education, mental well-being, housing status, health, and medical treatment.
Adults and children with mental illness may experience social stigma, which can exacerbate the issues.

Stereotype

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Those who are stereotyped often start to act in ways that their stigmatizers expect of them. Stigma occurs when an individual is identified as deviant, linked with negative stereotypes that engender prejudiced attitudes, which are acted upon in discriminatory behavior.

Disease

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The most common deal with culture, gender, race, illness and disease.
Lepers were people who were historically shunned because they had an infectious disease, and the term "leper" still evokes social stigma.

Impact of double stigma on seeking mental health treatment

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The impact of the stigma is significant, leading many individuals to not seek out treatment.
Studies show that social stigma has a negative effect on individuals seeking mental health treatment.

Epilepsy

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Epilepsy, a common neurological disorder characterised by recurring seizures, is associated with various social stigmas.
People with epilepsy may be treated differently in various areas of the world and experience varying degrees of social stigma due to their condition.

Neurological disorder

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Epilepsy, a common neurological disorder characterised by recurring seizures, is associated with various social stigmas.
The World Health Organization estimated in 2006 that neurological disorders and their sequelae (direct consequences) affect as many as one billion people worldwide, and identified health inequalities and social stigma/discrimination as major factors contributing to the associated disability and suffering.

Leprosy stigma

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Leprosy stigma is a type of social stigma, a strong negative feeling towards a person with leprosy relating to their moral status in society.

Deviance (sociology)

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Stigma occurs when an individual is identified as deviant, linked with negative stereotypes that engender prejudiced attitudes, which are acted upon in discriminatory behavior.
In legal terms, people are often wrongly accused, yet many of them must live with the ensuant stigma (or conviction) for the rest of their lives.

Post-assault treatment of sexual assault victims

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Victims may also become the target of slut-shaming, abuse, social stigmatization, sexual slurs and cyberbullying.

Dehumanization

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Dehumanization often ignores the target's individuality (i.e., the creative and interesting aspects of their personality) and can hinder one from feeling empathy or properly understanding a stigmatized group of people.

Stigma management

When a person receives unfair treatment or alienation due to a social stigma, the effects can be detrimental.

Passing (sociology)

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While successful passing may contribute to economic security, safety, and avoidance of stigma, it may take an emotional toll as a result of denial of one's previous identity and may lead to depression or self-loathing.

Narcissism

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Arikan found that a stigmatising attitude to psychiatric patients is associated with narcissistic personality traits.
Arikan found that a stigmatising attitude to psychiatric patients is associated with narcissistic personality traits.

Social stigma of obesity

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Such social stigmas can span one's entire life, as long as excess weight is present, starting from a young age and lasting into adulthood.

Discrimination

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Stigma occurs when an individual is identified as deviant, linked with negative stereotypes that engender prejudiced attitudes, which are acted upon in discriminatory behavior. Social stigma is the disapproval of, or discrimination against, a person based on perceivable social characteristics that serve to distinguish them from other members of a society.
This theory describes difference as deviance from the norm, which results in internal devaluation and social stigma that may be seen as discrimination.

Self-concealment

Sexual minorities employ self concealment strategies to manage the risk of shame and stigma.

Tracy L. Cross

The stigma of giftedness theory was further elaborated by Laurence J. Coleman and Tracy L. Cross in their book entitled, Being Gifted In School, which is a widely cited reference in the field of gifted education.
Coleman had adapted Erving Goffman's (1963) social stigma theory to gifted children, providing a rationale for why children may hide their abilities and present alternate identities to their peers.

Cancer

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Much like cancer or another type of physical disorder, persons suffering from mental disorders should be supported and encouraged to seek help.
The euphemism of "a long illness" to describe cancers leading to death is still commonly used in obituaries, rather than naming the disease explicitly, reflecting an apparent stigma.

Social exclusion

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The individual is forced into a new system of rules while facing social stigma and stereotypes from the dominant group in society, further marginalizing and excluding individuals (Young, 2000).