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Stigma reduction through group counselling of persons affected by leprosy - a pilot study

MARYANN FLOYD-RICHARD, SAMJHANA GURUNG
2000 Leprosy Review  
Stigmatization of persons with leprosy causes the emotional harm of social, economic and spiritual deprivation. Individual counselling has benefits in addressing these psychosocial problems but is a slow process and effects few people at any one time. Our experience of group counselling of stigmatized persons achieved the following: addressing common issues to more than one person at a time, encouraging the unity of sufferers, developing compassion for others, understanding the common effects
more » ... he common effects of stigmatization, and beginning to overcome its harmful effects.
doi:10.5935/0305-7518.20000052 fatcat:42euaiweh5gxzo3q34xyyxfhdi