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The (un)controlled body: A grounded theory analysis to conceptualise stigma for women with gestational diabetes mellitus

Benton, M, Hotung, N, Bird, J, Ismail, K and Silverio, SA (2024) The (un)controlled body: A grounded theory analysis to conceptualise stigma for women with gestational diabetes mellitus. Journal of Health Psychology. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1359-1053

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Health-related stigma is associated with adverse outcomes including depression, stress, and reduced engagement in health behaviours which are particularly harmful in pregnancy and postpartum. Women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) report negative psychosocial experiences and may be at risk of stigma related to the condition. We aimed to understand women’s experiences of GDM-specific stigma. Individual interviews were conducted with n=53 women living in the UK with current or past (within four years) GDM. Grounded theory methodology was used to analyse the data. Four themes were identified: 1. Preconceptions and misconceptions; 2. Locating, regaining, and negotiating agency; 3. Tension about and resisting the dominant discourse of stigma; and 4. Reclaiming control over the body. GDM-specific stigma was diverse and far reaching and may have broader implications for perinatal mental health and postnatal wellbeing. It is pertinent to investigate possible prospective associations between GDMspecific stigma and biomedical and mental health outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pregnancy; Perinatal Health; Maternal Health; Postpartum; Stigma; maternal health; perinatal health; pregnancy; 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences; Public Health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 10 May 2024 08:59
Last Modified: 10 May 2024 09:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/13591053241241863
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23214
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