Stigmatizing language with unintended meanings: “Persons with mental illness” or “mentally ill persons”?

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Mona M. Shattell, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Language is a method of communication that transmits intended and unintended meanings. Unintended stigmatizing meanings, which are probably more insidious and dangerous (than language that clearly communicates intended meanings) can perpetuate socially constructed power dynamics and become so “commonplace” that they are invisible. Persons must be aware of these unintended stigmatizing meanings. This is especially important in language about marginalized persons such as persons with mental illness.

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Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 30(3), 199.
Language: English
Date: 2009
Language, Unintended meanings, Stigmatizing, Mental illness

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