Becoming incapacitated? Long-term sickness benefit recipients and the construction of stigma and identity narratives.

  title={Becoming incapacitated? Long-term sickness benefit recipients and the construction of stigma and identity narratives.},
  author={Kayleigh Garthwaite},
  journal={Sociology of health \& illness},
  volume={37 1},
  • K. Garthwaite
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of health & illness
The transition to becoming 'incapacitated' and receiving sickness benefits represents a significant shift in an individual's narrative. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 25 long-term sickness benefits recipients in North-East England, this article focuses upon how individuals perceived and managed becoming 'incapacitated', particularly in relation to stigma and identity. The findings show that participants negotiated changes to their identity in varying ways - constructing new dimensions of… 
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