In this chapter, stigma and discrimination and prejudice are examined. In all societies, stigma and discrimination have always existed. Theoretical approaches such as Goffman’s work, (Goffman, 1963) and mental illness are outlined, as well as the psychological effects. The historical and cultural antecedents, characteristics and functions of these areas are important if we are to understand stigma and discrimination and to implement effective interventions. Lastly, interventions which have been used both internationally and in India are described.
KeywordsMental Illness Inject Drug User Development Network Sexual Prejudice Public Stigma
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