Language, disfigurement, stigma and clothing

Catherine Wilkinson, Bernie Carter

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This editorial recognises that the language we use shapes the encounters we have with children, young people and their families. The words we choose carry power to support, label, positively affect or diminish self-esteem. The words we select either consciously or unconsciously have impact. Words are culturally, contextually and temporally bound. It argues that words are political, shifting both in response to situations and in order to reframe situations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-418
JournalJournal of Child Health Care
Issue number4
Early online date23 Dec 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Dec 2016

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