The Structural Stigma Experienced By People Who Are Diagnosed With Mental Disabilities

1369 Words Nov 20th, 2015 6 Pages
The structural stigma experienced by people who are diagnosed with mental disabilities has been a focus of the study. Patrick Corrigan explains how clinical diagnosis may exacerbate individual’s experience of psychiatric disabilities along with structural stigma. In this research about the stigmatizations of mental illness that are aggravated by clinical diagnosis, Corrigan indicates that the diagnostic classifications create homogeneity and labels. Corrigan strongly argues that diagnosis as a stereotype is a limiting approach, and it causes stigma eventually. He indicates that a diagnosis may provide the label, and it may be a “cue that signals stereotypes” in the society (34). Corrigan states that the diagnostic classifications enlarge public perceptions of the groupness of people who are diagnosed with mental disabilities.
However, Corrigan only indicates that the people with diagnostic labels and the groupness are commonly discriminated by stereotyping and prejudice in housing and employment opportunities, as a result of diagnostic labels for evidences. There might be those of who are wondering if the structural stigma affects the mentally ill in other aspects of their life, such as in a pursuit of higher education. This paper will examine the experience of structural stigma of the mentally ill in their pursuit of higher education in post secondary institutes. It will focus on the overall lifestyles, including both academic and non-academic aspects, of post secondary…

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