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36 - Diversity and Workplace Affect

The Impact of Revealing or Concealing a Stigma

from Part VI - New Perspectives on Workplace Affect

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 June 2020

Liu-Qin Yang
Portland State University
Russell Cropanzano
University of Colorado
Catherine S. Daus
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Vicente Martínez-Tur
Universitat de València, Spain
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A stigmatized identity refers to some socially devalued aspect of a person that (typically) cannot be changed and evokes negative stereotypes, attitudes, and behaviors from others (Quinn & Earnshaw, 2013). With the increase of protective laws, individuals with a stigmatized identity face less formal discrimination than in the past but continue to face substantial subtle and interpersonal discrimination (Ruggs, Martinez, & Hebl, 2011). While the majority of stigma research has focused on visible stigmatized identities, many stigmatized identities are simply not visible. It is this latter category on which the current chapter focuses. Invisible stigmatized identities are devalued aspects that an individual is generally able to conceal from others. Invisible and/or concealable stigmas may include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) identities; some disabilities; and multiracial and religious identities. For the remainder of the chapter, we will refer to such identities as “concealable stigmas” or “invisible stigmas.”

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Print publication year: 2020

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