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Psychol Bull. 2007 Mar;133(2):328-45.

The psychological implications of concealing a stigma: a cognitive-affective-behavioral model.

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Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA. John.Pachankis@sunysb.edu

Abstract

Many assume that individuals with a hidden stigma escape the difficulties faced by individuals with a visible stigma. However, recent research has shown that individuals with a concealable stigma also face considerable stressors and psychological challenges. The ambiguity of social situations combined with the threat of potential discovery makes possessing a concealable stigma a difficult predicament for many individuals. The increasing amount of research on concealable stigmas necessitates a cohesive model for integrating relevant findings. This article offers a cognitive-affective-behavioral process model for understanding the psychological implications of concealing a stigma. It ends with discussion of potential points of intervention in the model as well as potential future routes for investigation of the model.

PMID:
17338603
DOI:
10.1037/0033-2909.133.2.328
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