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Stigma in Chronic Health Conditions: Exploring its Links with Functioning and Disability and Identifying Protective Factors

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Health-related stigma is a major public health issue. People with chronic illnesses experience stigma that can limit their life opportunities, reduce their quality of life, impair psychosocial functioning, and contribute to greater disability. However, the extent to which stigma negatively affects the lives of people with chronic health conditions varies and depends not only on the nature of the illness itself but also on a wide array of environmental, social, and individual factors. Identifying these factors (in particular protective ones) and understanding their roles is crucial for alleviating the deleterious effects of stigma both on individuals and societies.

This Research Topic is aimed at broadening the knowledge of the role of stigma in the lives of people with chronic health problems by investigating how stigma affects the level of functioning, the experience of disability, and chances of recovery. Particular emphasis is placed upon exploring protective factors against stigma and methods of enhancing stigma resistance.

In this Research Topic we welcome quantitative and qualitative original research reports as well as reviews (preferably systematic) addressing the following issues:
· Severity, determinants, and consequences of the stigma associated with chronic illnesses
· Links between stigma, psychosocial functioning, and disability among people with chronic health conditions
· Mechanism of the impact of health-related stigma on the levels of functioning and disability
· Mediating and moderating factors in the relationships between stigma, functioning, and disability
· Factors associated with stigma resistance and resilience
· Identifying targets of anti-stigma interventions
· Development and evaluation of interventions reducing the harmful effects of health-related stigma and promoting stigma resistance among people with chronic illnesses


Keywords: Health-Related Stigma, Stigma Resistance, Anti-Stigma Interventions, Functioning, Disability, Chronic Illness


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Health-related stigma is a major public health issue. People with chronic illnesses experience stigma that can limit their life opportunities, reduce their quality of life, impair psychosocial functioning, and contribute to greater disability. However, the extent to which stigma negatively affects the lives of people with chronic health conditions varies and depends not only on the nature of the illness itself but also on a wide array of environmental, social, and individual factors. Identifying these factors (in particular protective ones) and understanding their roles is crucial for alleviating the deleterious effects of stigma both on individuals and societies.

This Research Topic is aimed at broadening the knowledge of the role of stigma in the lives of people with chronic health problems by investigating how stigma affects the level of functioning, the experience of disability, and chances of recovery. Particular emphasis is placed upon exploring protective factors against stigma and methods of enhancing stigma resistance.

In this Research Topic we welcome quantitative and qualitative original research reports as well as reviews (preferably systematic) addressing the following issues:
· Severity, determinants, and consequences of the stigma associated with chronic illnesses
· Links between stigma, psychosocial functioning, and disability among people with chronic health conditions
· Mechanism of the impact of health-related stigma on the levels of functioning and disability
· Mediating and moderating factors in the relationships between stigma, functioning, and disability
· Factors associated with stigma resistance and resilience
· Identifying targets of anti-stigma interventions
· Development and evaluation of interventions reducing the harmful effects of health-related stigma and promoting stigma resistance among people with chronic illnesses


Keywords: Health-Related Stigma, Stigma Resistance, Anti-Stigma Interventions, Functioning, Disability, Chronic Illness


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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17 January 2021 Abstract
16 May 2021 Manuscript

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16 May 2021 Manuscript

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