Stigma and health literacy: An agenda for advancing research and practice

Michael Mackert, Erin E. Donovan, Amanda Dell Mabry-Flynn, Marie Guadagno, Patricia A. Stout

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Abstract

Objectives: To propose a framework addressing various factors contributing to stigma associated with low health literacy, how stigma is manifested, and how it may contribute to adverse health consequences. Method: The framework incorporated concepts found in existing empirical research on stigmatized health conditions with an emphasis on concealable conditions such as mental health, HIV status, and some chronic illnesses. Results: Pursuing the proposed research agenda would provide a better understanding of the various factors contributing to stigma associated with low health literacy, how that stigma is manifested, and how it may contribute to adverse health consequences. Conclusion: The goal of proposing a wide-ranging research agenda is to encourage research that will inform the development of a comprehensive framework that addresses factors that influence stigma associated with health literacy from multiple levels: micro, meso, and macro.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)690-698
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health communication
  • Health disparities
  • Health literacy
  • Health outcomes
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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