How to tackle stigma and bias: Lessons from childhood diseases and disabilities

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Title: How to tackle stigma and bias: Lessons from childhood diseases and disabilities
Authors: Hennessy, Eilis
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Date: 7-May-2014
Abstract: This paper considers the importance of tackling the stigma of obesity and focuses particularly on what is known about the way in which stigma develops.  Stigma is considered as a complex construct comprising attitudes, prejudices and discriminatory behaviour.  In light of this conceptualisation of stigma, a range of anti-stigma interventions are discussed that have been designed to tackle the stigma associated with epilepsy, Tourette's syndrome, obesity and mental disorders. The paper considers what is currently know about interventions that work and points to the limitations in the existing research on anti-stigma interventions. Finally some suggestions are made on how to move forward.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Copyright (published version): 2014 the authors
Keywords: ObesityStigmaAnti-stigma interventions
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Conference Details: Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Obesity in Ireland, University of Ulster, Belfast, 7th May, 2014
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