Stigma Experienced by the Families of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities – Development of FAMSI by Natasha Mitter

By Laurie A Poole, on 13 October 2017

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Individuals with intellectual disabilities are one of the most ostracised groups and face stigma, prejudice and significant obstacles that restrict their human rights (European Union Monitoring and Advocacy Programme, 2005). Often, people associated with the target individual are also subjected to stigmatisation, referred to as family stigma, courtesy stigma (Goffman, 1963) or associative stigma (Mehta & Farina, 1988). Related to these is the construct of affiliate stigma, which involves the internalisation of stigma by associates, such as family caregivers of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Full article available here: https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/intellectual-disability-stigma/2017/10/13/stigma-experienced-by-the-families-of-individuals-with-intellectual-disabilities-development-of-famsi-by-natasha-mitter/