Chronic Illness Stigma and Its Relevance in the Workplace

  • Joy Beatty
Part of the Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma book series (PAEWS)


Many people with chronic illness participate in the workforce and will continue to do so. Thus, they must cope with their illness symptoms and other peoples’ reactions to their illness in the workplace. In recent years, research on the effects of chronic illness in the workplace has highlighted effects such as stress and burnout (McGonagle et al., Stress and Health, 30, 310–321, 2014), and its effects on daily work interactions (Vickers, Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 15(2), 85–98, 2003) and career progression (Beatty, Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 24, 91–110, 2012). Findings underscore that having a chronic illness influences not only workplace performance but also social interactions through stereotyping and stigmatization. This chapter will focus on the processes and outcomes of a specific category of stigma—chronic illness stigma—with the aim of discussing the unique issues experienced by this population.


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  • Joy Beatty
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  1. 1.University of Michigan-DearbornDearbornUSA

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