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Support Communication in Culturally Diverse Families

The Role of Stigma

Authored by: Stanley O. Gaines, Jr. , Stacey L. Williams , Kristin D. Mickelson

The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415881982
eBook ISBN: 9780203848166
Adobe ISBN: 9781136946370


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To mark a person implies that [a] deviant condition has been noticed and recognized as a problem in [an] interaction or [in a social or personal] relationship. To stigmatize a person generally carries a further implication that the mark has been linked by an attributional process to dispositions that discredit the bearer, i.e., that “spoil” [the bearer's] identity.

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