The Stigma of Disease and Disability: Understanding Causes and Overcoming Injustices

Pages: 319
Item #: 4318124
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1583-6
List Price: $69.95
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Copyright: 2014
Format: Hardcover
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The lives of people with disease and disability are harmed not only by their conditions but by public response to these conditions in the form of stigma and discrimination. Making sense of this injustice is the focus of this book.

The two main sections of the book comprise chapters on 10 specific illnesses and conditions (mental illness, substance abuse, intellectual disability, physical and sensory disabilities, HIV-AIDS, infectious disease, cancer, obesity, childhood disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease) and chapters relating to broader issues (stigma and family, overcoming stigma, stigma across cultures, and future directions).

The book concludes with observations on what has not worked in overcoming stigma as well as possible future directions.

Table of Contents



Patrick W. Corrigan

I. Stigma in Diseases and Disabilities

  1. Understanding Stigma
    Nev Jones and Patrick W. Corrigan
  2. Mental Illness Stigma: Types, Constructs, and Vehicles for Change
    Patrick W. Corrigan and Kristin A. Kosyluk
  3. The Stigma of Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse
    Georg Schomerus
  4. Stigma in the Field of Intellectual Disabilities: Impact and Initiatives for Change
    Shirli Werner and Dana Roth
  5. Stigma Related to Physical and Sensory Disabilities
    Hanoch Livneh, Fong Chan, and Cahit Kaya
  6. HIV-Related Stigma
    Gregory M. Herek
  7. Infectious Diseases: A Case Study of Leprosy-Related Stigma
    Wim H. van Brakel and Beatriz Miranda Galarza
  8. Cancer Stigma
    Nicole M. Else-Quest and Tracy L. Jackson
  9. The Nature, Consequences, and Public Health Implications of Obesity Stigma
    Rebecca M. Puhl and Jamie Lee Peterson
  10. Stigma Associated With Disease and Disability During Childhood and Adolescence: A Developmental Approach
    Caroline Heary, Eilis Hennessy, and Lorraine Swords
  11. Stigma and Alzheimer's Disease: A Systematic Review of Evidence, Theory, and Methods
    Perla Werner

II. Stigma and Action

  1. Stigma and Family
    Tally Moses
  2. Overcoming Stigma
    David Roe, Paul H. Lysaker, and Philip T. Yanos
  3. Stigma Across Cultures
    Deepa Rao and Dellanira Valencia-Garcia

Afterword: A Critical Eye for Stigma Change
Patrick W. Corrigan


About the Editor

Editor Bio

Patrick W. Corrigan, PsyD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to that, Dr. Corrigan was the executive director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago, where he was also a professor of psychiatry.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Corrigan has been setting up and providing services for people with serious mental illnesses and their families for more than 30 years. He has been the principal investigator of federally funded studies on rehabilitation and consumer operated services. In 2001, he became principal investigator of the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research, the only National Institute of Mental Health-funded research center examining the stigma of mental illness. (The consortium evolved into the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment, also supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.)

In 2013, Dr. Corrigan took the helm of a grant funded by the National Institutes of Health on peer navigators, meant to enhance the integrated care needs of homeless African Americans with mental illness. He has authored or edited 12 books and more than 300 articles, and is the editor of the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

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Corrigan has edited a comprehensive volume on stigma intended to reach a wide audience, including researchers, students, advocates, and the lay public.