Overcoming the stigma of chronic illness: strategies for normalisation of a 'spoiled identity'

Millen, Neville and Walker, Christine 2002, Overcoming the stigma of chronic illness: strategies for normalisation of a 'spoiled identity', Health sociology review, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 89-97.

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Title Overcoming the stigma of chronic illness: strategies for normalisation of a 'spoiled identity'
Author(s) Millen, Neville
Walker, Christine
Journal name Health sociology review
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 89
End page 97
Publisher The Australian Sociological Association
Place of publication Adelaide, S. Aust.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1446-1242
Keyword(s) chronic illness
stigma
self-help groups
self-concept
medical classification
health policy
Summary This paper addresses the concept of chronic illness as a socially constructed experience of stigma. The stigma of having a chronic illness affects the person's self-concept, capacity to adapt to the illness and the quality of his/her social networks. Social stigma is a delegitimising social process derived from both popular and medical views of chronic illness. Based on research into the coping strategies of a range of people with long-term, serious chronic illnesses, the paper argues that government health policies and services in Australia can best help people with chronic illness by supporting their self-help groups and community-based activities.
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, eContent Management Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001675

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and International Studies
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