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Title:Managing communication surrounding tungiasis stigma in Kenya
Authors:Kimotho, Stephen
Neville Miller, Ann
Ngure, Peter
Periodical:Communicatio: South African journal for communication theory and research (ISSN 1753-5379)
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:health education
skin diseases
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2015.1100646
Abstract:Tungiasis is a neglected parasitic skin disease widespread in resource-poor communities in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Stigmatisation of tungiasis sufferers has been identified as a key reason why tungiasis frequently progresses untreated in many parts of the world, however little research has investigated the specifics of tungiasis stigma or the communication strategies sufferers use to manage stigmatization. This article reports results of focus group and in-depth interviews regarding strategies used to manage tungiasis stigma from the perspective of persons living with tungiasis in Murang'a County, Kenya. Most frequently mentioned were withdrawal tactics. Participants also engaged in refutation strategies to deny responsibility for their condition. Implications for stigma management communication theory are discussed. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]