Family Experience of Stigma in Childhood Cancer

  • Oscar A. Barbarin
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)


Chronic childhood illnesses are often conceived as family crises because of their profound effect on various aspects of family life, such as role assignment, task allocation, marital quality, sibling relationships, and family cohesion (Barbarin, Hughes, & Chesler, 1985; Binger, 1973; Christ & Floumanhaft, 1984; Futterman & Hoffman, 1973). In contrast, stigma is ordinarily conceived as an individual experience. That is, the stigma is often related to some characteristic viewed as inherent in the individual.


Family Life Family Functioning Social Exclusion Childhood Cancer Task Allocation 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

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  • Oscar A. Barbarin

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