A Culture of Stigmatization: The Healthcare of Minoritized Populations

Asia T. McCleary-Gaddy, Drexler James

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Researchers have found that all stigma-related dynamics have a significant effect on individual and population health comparable to the other social determinants of health. Researchers also estimate that stigma in a healthcare context contributes to more disparity in life expectancy than stigma in the general population. This chapter reviews evidence of the pervasiveness of stigma within healthcare and the pernicious consequences of stigma on the overall health of: (1) racial and ethnic minorities, (2) gender and sexual minorities, (3) individuals living with mental illness, and (4) individuals who are overweight. Following, we discuss areas of future research, methods to cope with and combat stigma, and the implications for health professional education and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCultural Issues in Healthcare
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging Challenges and Opportunities
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783031208263
ISBN (Print)9783031208256
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

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  • Healthcare
  • Individuals who are overweight
  • Intersectionality
  • LGBTQ+ community
  • Medical education
  • Mental health
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Social determinants of health
  • Stigma


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