Investigates leprosy as both a medical and social problem, particularly as the sufferer loses the ability to hold an economically productive role, affecting their social status and acceptance in the family. Surveys two areas in Tamil Nadu (India) to collect data on the extent of deformity and to assess if there is any difference in acceptance in the family depending on the individual)s deformity or non‐deformity. Suggests, from findings, that sufferers of leprosy are actually at greater risk of dehabilitation from their families, due to the social stigma of the disease affecting the family’s standing within the community. Indicates the need for prevention or correction of deformities, as it appears to be degree of physical attractiveness which influences interpersonal behaviour in the home, work place, school, health setting and other communal places. Discusses World Health Organization policies on leprosy and the economics of deformity.
Kopparty, S. (1998), "Acceptance in the family: a study of deformed and non‐deformed leprosy patients in Tamil Nadu, India", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 18 No. 7/8, pp. 83-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443339810788461Download as .RIS
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