The psychological implications of concealing a stigma: A cognitive-affective-behavioral model

  • Pachankis J
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Abstract

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 concealing a stigma. It ends with discussion of potential points of intervention in the model as well as potential future routes for investigation of the model.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Conceal
  • Disclosure
  • Secrecy
  • Self-evaluation
  • Stigma

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  • John E. Pachankis

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