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(p. 90) Acceptance of Mental Illness Among Women: Intersectional Stigma 

(p. 90) Acceptance of Mental Illness Among Women: Intersectional Stigma
(p. 90) Acceptance of Mental Illness Among Women: Intersectional Stigma

Lauren Mizock

and Zlatka Russinova

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date: 21 September 2021

This chapter reviews the experiences of women with serious mental illness and the various disparities encountered by them. These disparities include higher rates of victimization, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and inequities in clinical care. The impact of these disparities and associated stigma on the acceptance process is presented. This chapter centers on a discussion of intersectional stigma, or overlapping, multiple levels of stigma and discrimination, faced by women with serious mental illness. Several participant case narratives are presented in order to demonstrate the impact of intersectional stigma on the process of acceptance for women with serious mental illness. Clinical recommendations are provided to facilitate acceptance among women who experience intersectional stigma. A clinical strategies list, discussion questions, activities, the “Intersectional Stigma Worksheet,” and an explanatory table are included at the close of the chapter.

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