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Women and stigma: a protocol for understanding intersections of experience through body mapping

Boydell, Katherine M, Bennett, Jill, Dew, Angela, Lappin, Julia, Lenette, Caroline, Ussher, Jane, Vaughan, Priya and Wells, Ruth 2020, Women and stigma: a protocol for understanding intersections of experience through body mapping, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 17, no. 15, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17155432.

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Title Women and stigma: a protocol for understanding intersections of experience through body mapping
Author(s) Boydell, Katherine M
Bennett, Jill
Dew, AngelaORCID iD for Dew, Angela orcid.org/0000-0002-8800-5660
Lappin, Julia
Lenette, Caroline
Ussher, Jane
Vaughan, Priya
Wells, Ruth
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 17
Issue number 15
Article ID 5432
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-08
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
body mapping
women's health
intersectionality
embodiment
stigma
arts-based knowledge translation
mental health
disability
refugee
Australia
Summary This paper outlines a research and dissemination protocol to be undertaken with specific groups of marginalised women in Australia. Women impacted by significant mental distress, disability, or refugee status are among society’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised groups. They can experience significant social exclusion, marginalisation and stigma, associated with reduced help seeking, deprivation of dignity and human rights, and threats to health, well-being and quality of life. Previous research has assessed the experiences of discrete groups of women but has to date failed to consider mental health–refugee–disability intersections and overlaps in experience. Using body mapping, this research applies an intersectional approach to identify how women impacted by significant mental distress, disability, and refugee status negotiate stigma and marginalisation. Findings on strategies to cope with, negotiate and resist stigmatised identities will inform health policy and yield targeted interventions informed by much-needed insights on women’s embodied experience of stigma. The women’s body maps will be exhibited publicly as part of an integrated knowledge translation strategy. The aim is to promote and increase sensitivity and empathy among practitioners and policy makers, strengthening the basis for social policy deliberation.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17155432
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30140738

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