A recently published study examined MS patients’ experience of microaggressions in their workplace
Microaggressions are subtle discrimination manifested in verbal or nonverbal negative behaviors towards a minority group of people.
Twenty-nine MS patients participated in focus groups during the trial.
It was found that:
- Almost all participants experienced some form of microaggressions in their workplace.
- Several microaggression themes emerged, including: pathologizing, assumption of disability status, second-class, lack of awareness, social distance, and denial.
- Microaggressions were associated with stress and exacerbated the negative impact of uncertainty related to symptoms and job security
- Support groups were the most popular coping strategy
These findings shed more light on the negative impact of microaggressions on people with MS and may promote tailored interventions.
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