Essay The Classical Labeling Theory By Frank Tannenbaum

1537 Words Dec 12th, 2016 7 Pages
The classical labeling theory, first introduced by Frank Tannenbaum in 1938, focuses on rejection, stereotyping, and stigma as factors leading to the demoralization and social exclusion of individuals (Gyllensten, 2011). We believe that individuals with a mental illness experience this demoralization and social exclusion. Through providing education we attempt to alter stigmas that are potentially present. As assumed by this theory, this will lead to an increased social acceptance. Restrictive, stereotypical attitudes towards mental illness can be a barrier in health-seeking behavior for those who have a mental illness (Hugo, Boshoff, Traut, Zungu-Dirwayi, & Stein, 2003). The education provided in efforts to alter stigmas present, is founded upon the cognitive learning theory. Cognitive learning theory approaches learning by focusing on the underlying thought processes that affect learning and how one perceives information. According to Grider (1993), the action of this theory is to explore the captivating depths of the mind from the perspective process. Based on this theory, by providing education, the underlying thought processes will be modified and learning will result. With a new base of learning we hope to see stigmas decrease, in the end, resulting in increased social acceptance and thus, an increase in health-seeking behavior.
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