Psychology Department Colloquium Series
March 14 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Xavier 250: Janie Gilpin Classroom
Psychology Department Colloquium Series Presents: Anticipating Stigma: The Double Burden of Homelessness and Race Carolyn Weisz, University of Puget Sound Concerns people have about being negatively stereotyped or treated badly because of a stigmatized identity can impact health and well-being as well as performance. Social stigma, whether anticipated or experienced, may create distress for individuals without homes and play a role in sustaining homelessness. Dr. Weisz will discuss a series of studies conducted with individuals experiencing homelessness in Pierce County. The research examines the role of stigma related to both homelessness and race in predicting psychological distress, physical health, and avoidance of using services. A focus on race is particularly important because of the large overrepresentation of African Americans among those experiencing homelessness both nationally and locally (HUD, 2011). Findings suggest that concerns about stigma may be a psychological burden for homeless individuals, and that being a member of multiple stigmatized groups may increase this burden.