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

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posted on 2024-06-17, 03:53 authored by N Millen, C Walker
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.

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Journal

Health sociology review

Volume

10

Pagination

89-97

Location

Adelaide, S. Aust.

ISSN

1446-1242

eISSN

1839-3551

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, eContent Management Pty Ltd

Issue

2

Publisher

The Australian Sociological Association

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