Myths and Stereotypes: The Lived Experiences of People with Albinism
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 8, Issue 3, June 2019, Pages: 61-66
Received: Mar. 29, 2019; Accepted: May 8, 2019; Published: Jun. 24, 2019
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Fiasorgbor Doris, Department of Rural and Community Development, Presbyterian University College, Ghana, Akropong
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The phenomenon of Albinos being treated badly is a growing concern in many Africa countries. Ghana is not an exception to the general trend of Albinos being discriminated against. However, very little is known about this unique population in Ghana. For most societies, albinism is hardly (or not) understood. Myths and misconceptions surround the condition, a common characteristic of albinos is that they experience stigma as people with white skin in black societies. Stigma and discrimination are sources of depression, guilt and anger among persons with Albinism. This study was conducted in Bolgatanga Municipality. The study employed a mixed method approach where both qualitative and quantitative techniques were espoused. The study used the probability and non-probability sampling methods to select the participants of the study. Simple random sampling technique was used to select thirty (31) albino participants. The study found that the outward appearance, myths and perception of people that Albinos wounds or sores do not heal exposed them to stigmatisation and discrimination in the community. Teasing and name calling are some of the difficulties Albinos in Bolgatanga face which sometimes leads to depression and frustrations. Based on the findings the study recommends that teachers and parents should encourage their Albino pupils/wards to stay in school and sensitization programs concerning Albinism should be introduced in schools to create awareness of the conditions to pupils so that they can accept their fellow students who are Albino.
Keywords
Albinism, Myths, Realities, Lived Experiences, Bolgatanga
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Fiasorgbor Doris, Myths and Stereotypes: The Lived Experiences of People with Albinism, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 8, No. 3, 2019, pp. 61-66. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20190803.11
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