Research - Adolescence

Epilepsy familiarity, knowledge, and perceptions of stigma: report from a survey of adolescents in the general population

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Food that makes you different: the stigma experienced by adolescents with celiac disease

Olsson C, Lyon P, Hörnell A, Ivarsson A, Sydner YM. (2009.) Qualitative Health Research;19(7):976-84.

Researchers explored adolescents’ compliance with the gluten-free diet (GFD)  as it related to stigma. The GFD often required discussions and special requests, so eating in public had the effect of making an invisible condition visible, and thereby creating a context for felt or enacted stigma. The results of the study show that the GFD can produce stigma experiences in adolescence, and that dietary compliance (or lack thereof) can be understood in terms of dealing with GFD concealment and disclosure. Read abstract here.

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A content analysis of weight stigmatization in popular television programming for adolescents

Marla E. Eisenberg, ME., Carlson-McGuire, A., Gollust, SE., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2014.) International Journal of Eating Disorders, doi: 10.1002/eat.22348.
The portrayal of weight stigmatization on popular television shows—including targeting women of average weight—sends signals to adolescents about the wide acceptability of this behavior and the expected response, which may be harmful. Prevention of weight stigmatization should take a multi-faceted approach and include the media. Future research should explore the impact that weight-related stigma in television content has on viewers. Read abstract here.

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Internet comments on media reporting of two adolescents’ collective suicide attempt.

Sisask, M., Varnik, A, and Wasserman, D. (2006.) Archives of Suicide Research, 9(1):87-98.

This article explored the spontaneous on-line comments provided by readers of seven different Internet articles of the same double-suicide attempt. The authors write that the general population’s attitude about suicide is influenced by its reporting. Read abstract here.

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The impact of stigma on service access and participation. A guideline developed for the behavioral health recovery management project.

Watson, A., & Corrigan, P. (2001). University of Chicago Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

This guide considers the phenomena of stigma, prejudice, and discrimination that leads to incomplete treatment participation, and summarizes specific strategies for dealing with the stigma of mental illness in an effort to enhance access to care. Read article here.

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Stigma experience among adolescents taking psychiatric medication.

Kranke, D., Floersch, J., Townsend, L., & Munson, M. (2010). Children and Youth Services Review, 32(4), 496-505.

Studies adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 with mental illnesses and taking medications; 90 percent of the study’s participants reported experiencing some form of stigma, leading to shame, secrecy and limited social interactions. Read article here.

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Stigmatization and self-perception of youth with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Bussing, R., & Mehta, A. S. (2013). Patient Intelligence 5,15-27.

Youth with ADHD face significant stigma in many forms, including public (expressed as prejudice and discrimination), personal (stigma suffered by family members or associates of individuals with ADHD), and self-stigma (stigmatized individual’s acceptance of negative views by others). Read article here.

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