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October 2021

Managing courtesy stigma: the case of Alzheimer's disease

Journal/Book: Sociol Health Ill. 1999; 21: 108 Cowley Rd, Oxford Ox4 1Jf, Oxon, England. Blackwell Publ Ltd. 54-70.

Abstract: This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study which examines the experience of courtesy stigma among family members of persons with Alzheimer's disease. The results indicate that both primary caregivers and other family members experience stigma; however, a good number of the family members interviewed claimed not to have experienced stigma and did not appear to be concerned about trying to avoid it. Factors or conditions that influenced experience of stigma are outlined.

Note: Article MacRae H, Mt St Vincent Univ, Dept Sociol Anthropol, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, CANADA

Keyword(s): stigma; courtesy stigma; Alzheimer's disease; stigma management; family

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