Year: 1991 Source: Omega, v.22, no.3, (1990-91), p.187-197 SIEC No: 19910155

This study investigates whether illness type, pain level & life expectancy affect reactions toward a terminally ill person in social & work situations, & toward the ill committing suicide. Cancer & AIDS were used as illness types. The authors found more social stigma was associated with AIDS, but less social stigma was with AIDS & excessive pain resulting in suicide. The authors conclude increased education about AIDS is needed to diminish intolerance. (VM)