Problems of Stigmatization and Self-Stigmatization among Internally Displaced Persons during Post-Traumatic Process of Life Continuity Recovery

  • Yuliia Hundertailo
Keywords: stigmatization, self-stigmatization, life continuity, IDPs

Abstract

The article is dedicated to the socio-psychological problems that have recently
risen in Ukrainian society with the beginning of military operations on the territory
of Ukraine, namely problems of social stigmatization and self-stigmatization among
internally displaced persons (IDPs). It is shown that social stigmatization provokes
secondary traumatization of IDPs, and also leads to social disability and self-
stigmatization. It is underlined that the main task of a person after experiencing

traumatic events is restoration of vital continuity as experiencing of integrity of
one’s own existence, accompanied by clear understanding of logic of events, clear
ideas about oneself, feeling of sequence of emotional reactions and ability to support
vital functions effectively both on personal and interpersonal levels. Following types
of vital continuity are distinguished: emotional, functional, cognitive, interpersonal,
personal. The phenomenon of self-stigmatization is analyzed as a result of social
environment influences on the one hand, and personal coping strategies during social
interactions on the other; the latter usually is accompanied by self-limitations of
social activity. The proposed idea implies that decline of the level of social stigmatization
among IDPs is possible via the development and implementation of a multi-level
psychosocial support project, operating on mass, specialized, personalized and
individualized levels. It was discovered that participants of psychological support
groups usually underestimate the cognitive and creative components of human
personality. Art therapy is regarded as the most accessible dimension of psychological
help; art methodology, named "Compliments to myself", is offered to prevent IDPs
self-stigmatization both in a group and individual setting. The conclusion is drawn
that prevention of social stigmatization among internally displaced persons needs
complex approach at national-wide scale.

Published
2018-12-06
How to Cite
Hundertailo, Y. (2018). Problems of Stigmatization and Self-Stigmatization among Internally Displaced Persons during Post-Traumatic Process of Life Continuity Recovery. Scientific Studios on Social and Political Psychology, (42(45), 160-169. https://doi.org/10.33120/ssj.vi42(45).201
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