Stigma and Shame

  • Lisa HenryEmail author


Stigma and Shame is a major focal point of my research. I begin with a discussion on Goffman’s notion of shame and then move into a review of literature on the concept of shame as failure. Next, I provide an overview of the food insecurity and shame literature among college students. Since there are few studies that touch on stigma and shame in college, I expand this review to include the general population. Though no questions were asked directly about stigma or shame in the UNT research, it emerged as a predominant theme. I highlight the five sub-themes students discussed about stigma and shame. Next, I discuss college students’ willingness to talk about their food insecurity with others. Finally, I highlight the potential to destigmatize food insecurity through increased awareness by university engagement with all students in a broad conversation about food insecurity and hunger on campus.


Food insecurity Stigma Shame Conversation Awareness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North TexasDentonUSA

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