Sociology Assignment Name: Professor: Course Name: Sociology Assignment The article identifies a stigma as a complicated issue to define (Overton & Medina 2008). In my opinion I believe that stigma as the feeling associated with discredit on individuals. The article indicates the origins of the word from the Greeks who link it to stigmata referring to a mark of shame. It demonstrates that linking stigma with mental illnesses makes it a construct that involves behaviors feelings and attitudes (Overton & Medina 2008). Through these explanations I understand stigma as the identification of disgrace regarding certain conditions or qualities experienced are dangerous and violent. An example is a situation whereby a mentally ill person approaches a landlord to rent a house. The landlord will be inclined to give that person access to the house because of the fear that he/she will destroy property or turn against other tenants. However the situation will be different if the mentally ill person is accompanied by a normal person who assumes the responsibility of the house on behalf of the psychologically unstable individual. References Overton S. L. & Medina S. L. (2008). The stigma of mental illness. Journal of Counseling & Development 86(2) 143-151. [...]
"Stigma surrounding major mental illness creates many barriers. People who experience mental illness face discrimination and prejudice when renting homes, applying for jobs, and accessing mental health services" (Overton, Medina 2008). In this article, the authors discuss stigma as it relates to mental illness. Stigma is defined using various theories that explain how individuals develop ideas about a group that they believe to be an "out group" (in this case-- individuals with mental illness). The article discusses stigma and attitudes of mental health counselors who are new to the field and the importance of addressing stigma early in a professional's career. In this Opinion Paper, start by defining stigma and mental illness. Make sure you demonstrate that you have read the material. Discuss at least one theory that describes how stigma is formed. Discuss how stigma effects individuals living with mental illness and give at least one example. paper should be between 2-3 pages in length in correct APA format.