A preliminary evaluation of internalized stigma and stigma resistance in inflammatory bowel disease

Tiffany Noel Taft*, Sarah Ballou, Laurie Keefer

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Abstract

Illness stigmatization among inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) is poorly understood. We aim to characterize internalized stigma and stigma resistance in IBD patients, and evaluate their relationships to outcomes. A total of 191 IBD patients reported internalized stigma, resistance, demographic and clinical information, and several outcomes: health-related quality of life (HRQOL), psychological distress, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. Overall 36% experienced internalized stigma and 88% moderate to high stigma resistance behaviors. Internalized stigma strongly related to poorer outcomes while resistance demonstrated a weaker, opposite effect. Internalized stigma and stigma resistance are important considerations for IBD outcomes. Interventions to reduce internalized stigma and leverage resistance are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-460
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

Keywords

  • illness stigmatization
  • inflammatory bowel diseases
  • internalized stigma
  • patient outcomes
  • psychosocial functioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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