The “Own” and the “Wise” Revisited: Physical Disability, Stigma, and Mental Health among Couples

Robyn Lewis Brown, Gabrielle Ciciurkaite

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Abstract

Utilizing data from a cross-sectional community survey of 455 heterosexual couples in which at least one partner has a physical disability, we examine the associations between stigma and psychological distress for both partners. We also assess whether these associations are moderated by gender. Findings from an actor-partner interdependence model analysis reveal that personally experienced stigma and vicarious stigma experiences have additive effects on psychological distress, but only among women. We discuss how these findings extend a relational understanding of stigma and its effects and implications for research and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-182
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health and Social Behavior
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

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© American Sociological Association 2021.

Keywords

  • couples’ mental health
  • physical disability
  • stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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