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What is Stigma?


Updated November 07, 2010

Definition: Stigma is the process of marginalizing a group or class of people by others in a more powerful position by labeling them as different and understanding them in terms of stereotypes. This results in the loss of social status and discrimination, and affects many areas of life of those who are stigmatized.
Pronunciation: stig ma
Also Known As: shame, disgrace, dishonor
Social stigma contributes to people with addictions being secretive about their addictive behaviors.
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