Attitudes about sexual disclosure and perceptions of stigma and shame.
Cunningham, S. D., Tschann, J., Gurvey, J. E., Fortenberry, J. D., & Ellen, J. M. (2002). Sexually transmitted infections, 78(5), 334-338.
The authors studied the association between the stigma of having a sexually transmitted disease and adolescents’ past STD related health care; between stigma, shame, and perceptions about disclosure of sexual behaviors to a doctor or nurse; and whether the association of stigma, shame, and care seeking was moderated by perceptions about disclosure. Read article here.