What is stigma?

Jessica Young, J. B. Orange, Christopher Lind

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For persons living with dementia, full and equitable engagement in everyday life activities often is compromised by the stigma associated with dementia2&3. But what is stigma exactly? Here we introduce the concept of stigma and describe its relationship to the concepts of ‘stereotype’, ‘prejudice’, ‘discrimination’ and ‘power’. We provide context for later discussions of stigma in this report and form a foundation for initial recommendations to reduce dementia-related stigma.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlzheimer’s Disease International. World Alzheimer’s Report 2019
Subtitle of host publication Attitudes to dementia
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Alzheimers disease
  • dementia
  • stigma


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