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Shame: A Multidisciplinary Concept Analysis
Journal of Theory Construction & Testing (2012)
  • Jenifer Chilton, University of Texas at Tyler
Shame is ubiquitous, yet it often goes unrecognized. Chronic shame causes physical, social, and emotional dysfunction resulting in potentially serious consequences. Shame occurs from unrealistic comparisons between self and others causing diminished self-worth. Behaviors regarded as shameful depend on the dominant cultures values, and they change over time. Walker and Avant's method guided the multidisciplinary analysis, which revealed shame as a painful emotional experience expressed in culturally specific ways. Community characteristics influence how an individual perceives and expresses shame. Attaching global generality to shame can be misleading, and may perpetuate culturally incompetent care. Nurses can take steps to accurately assess and intervene in negative shame cycles, avoid perpetrating shame, and encourage self-reflection.
  • Education,
  • Shame
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Jenifer Chilton. "Shame: A Multidisciplinary Concept Analysis" Journal of Theory Construction & Testing Vol. 16 Iss. 1 (2012) p. 4 - 8
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