Mental Health Disabilities, Shame and the Family: The Good, the Bad, the Chosen, and the Imagined

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Cassandra Evans


disability, shame, family


Based on ethnographic research examining the lives of individuals with mental health disabilities in Suffolk County, New York, this paper highlights key aspects of deinstitutionalization, intersectional shame factors impacting disabilities, and community-based mental health care. Findings indicate that individuals’ families of origin can promote and maintain shame and psychological distress.


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