Stigma & Society

Is stigma a stigmatizing word? A political question for science.
Corrigan, P.W. and Ben-Zeev, D., Stigma Research and Action, 2(2)62-66. 2012.

Leading stigma researchers weigh in on this controversial topic. Read article here.


Women in Transition: A Qualitative Analysis of Definitions of Poverty and Success. Marsh-McDonald, C. M., & Schroeder, S. (2012). The Qualitative Report, 17(91), 1-22.

Impoverished women share insights related to the stigma of poverty and their diverse experiences in transitioning away from poverty. Read article here.


Stigma by association: Psychological factors in relatives of people with mental illness. Östman, M., & Kjellin, L. (2002). The British Journal of Psychiatry, 181(6), 494-498.

Stigma affects not only people with mental illnesses, but their families as well. Understanding how stigma affects family members in terms of both their psychological response to the ill person and their contacts with psychiatric services will improve interactions with the family. Read article here.


A social psychological perspective on the stigmatization of older adults. Richeson, J. A., & Shelton, J. N. (2006). When I’m 64, 174-208.

Research from both perspectives reveals that ageist beliefs negatively influence the life outcomes of older adults, directly as well as through expectancy effects and self-stereotyping. In addition, the reviewed literature reveals important complexities and nuances of age stigma. Read article here.


Neighborhood stigma and the perception of disorder. Sampson, R. J., & Raudenbush, S. W. (2005). Focus, 24(1), 7-11.

Stereotype may lead to actions by members of stigmatized groups that seem to confirm the statistical association between race and social disorder. Race in American society is a statistical marker that stigmatizes not only individuals but the places in which they are concentrated. Read article here.


When do the stigmatized stigmatize? The ironic effects of being accountable to (perceived) majority group prejudice-expression norms. Shapiro, J. R., & Neuberg, S. L. (2008). Journal of personality and social psychology, 95(4), 877.

How do frequently stigmatized individuals feel about and respond to members of other potentially stigmatizable groups? The desire to avoid being targeted for discrimination, in conjunction with the perception that the majority endorses discrimination, appears to increase the likelihood that the often-stigmatized will stigmatize others. Read article here.


The effects of news stories on the stigma of mental illness. Corrigan PW, Powell K, Michaels PJ. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201(3):179-82. 2013.

Researchers evaluated how a positive, neutral or negative journalism article about mental illness impacted readers’ perceptions of stigma.  Read abstract here.


Stigma as Ego Depletion: How Being the Target of Prejudice Affects Self-Control. Inzlict, M., McKay, L., Aronson, J. Psychological Science, 17(3) 262-269, 2006.

This research suggests that coping with stigma impairs one’s ability to manage and regulate one’s behaviors. Read abstract here.