Felt versus enacted stigma: a concept revisited. Evidence from a study of people with epilepsy in remission

Soc Sci Med. 1994 Jan;38(2):269-74. doi: 10.1016/0277-9536(94)90396-4.


Epilepsy is, in the majority of cases, a short-lived and self-limiting clinical condition. However, individuals labelled as epileptic frequently continue to feel stigmatised, even after their seizures remit. This paper describes the nature and extent of stigma in a group of individuals with epilepsy in remission. The distinction between 'felt' and 'enacted' stigma is examined, and found to be supported by the data.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Epilepsy / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Prejudice*
  • Remission, Spontaneous
  • Self Concept*