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Turan JM, Elafros MA, Logie CH
Challenges and opportunities in examining and addressing intersectional stigma and health.
The purpose of this article was to review and highlight existing intersectional stigma literature, as well as to identify gaps in methods for studying and addressing intersectional stigma. 'Intersectional stigma' is defined as a concept that characterizes the convergence of multiple stigmatized identities within a person or group and addresses effects on health and well-being. Examples illustrating promising analytical approaches are provided, and priorities for future health research elucidated. Evidence from existing literature, as well as the examples presented, suggest that people in diverse settings experience intersecting forms of stigma that influence their mental and physical health and their corresponding health behaviors. The authors conclude that intersectional stigma are a common reality, but remain poorly understood; it is vital that instruments and methods be developed to characterize the mechanisms and effects of intersectional stigma in relation to various health conditions.
Citation: Turan JM, Elafros MA, Logie CH . Challenges and opportunities in examining and addressing intersectional stigma and health. BMC Med 2019 Feb 15;17(1):7. doi: 10.1186/s12916-018-1246-9..
Keywords: Health Services Research (HSR), Social Stigma