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10b - The 3-stage Continuum of Stigma Management Reactive...

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The 3-stage Continuum of Stigma Management Reactive Stage– 1. Concealment strategies They tried to conceal their illness and and “pass”. However, it was found that this was a strain because it felt like a “double-life”. 2. Selective disclosure choosing who they wanted to tell about their illness. 3. Personal Attribution Strategies Attributing the cause of their illness to something other than one that could be stigmatized (i.e. a blood transfusion).
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Intermediate stage of Management 1. Gradual disclosure “testing the waters”. Maybe talking about AIDS in general to gauge others reaction to the subject. 2. Selective Affiliation Strategies Associating only with those people who have the similar illness. Building a support network.
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3. Discrediting the Discreditors Raising questions about the real motivations of those condemning or rejecting them. Religious Leaders because they believe homosexuality is evil, Medical Practitioners because they often treat those with AIDS as being ignorant or are fearful.
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