publication . Other literature type . Article . 2007

The Psychological Implications of Concealing a Stigma: A Cognitive-Affective-Behavioral Model

John E. Pachankis;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2007
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)
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 con...
free text keywords: Self-disclosure, Self-concept, Social psychology, Ambiguity, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Stressor, Interpersonal relationship, Stigma (botany), Developmental psychology, Affect (psychology), Cognition, Psychology
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