Social Stigma Against Fragile X Used For Political Gain in Rural Cameroon

Social Stigma Against Fragile X Used For Political Gain in Rural Cameroon

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Social Stigma Against Fragile X Used For Political Gain in Rural Cameroon

In a rural village in Cameroon, in West Africa, social stigma against those with intellectual disabilities such as fragile X syndrome exists in an uneasy relationship with a deeply ingrained tradition of deference to social status, according to a new ethnographic study. A group of researchers studying this phenomenon suggest that other investigators should explore whether the same pattern exists elsewhere and in relation to other heritable forms of intellectual disability. “Intrigued by the coexistence…

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