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Women's experiences of stigma in relation to chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
Centre for Development of Health Services, Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies. Linköping University, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3596-4809
2002 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 12, no 2, 148-160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia are characterized by being difficidt to diagnose and having an elusive etiology and no clear-cut treatment strategy. The question of whether these illnesses are stigmatizing was investigated through interviews with 25 women with these illnesses. The women experienced stigmatization primarily before receiving a diagnosis, and the diffuse symptomatology associated with the illnesses were significant for stigmatization. Stigma consisted of questioning the veracity, morality, and accuracy of patient symptom descriptions and of psychologizing symptoms. Coping with stigma was also explored and found to comprise both withdrawal and approach strategies, depending on the individual's circumstances and goals.

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Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage Publications, 2002. Vol. 12, no 2, 148-160 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-48997DOI: 10.1177/104973230201200202ISI: 000173369200002OAI: diva2:269893
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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