Discriminatory Practice Essay

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When discrimination occurs it can have a very adverse effect on the people who are subjected to it. There are many different types of discriminatory practice in a health and social care setting, they can be obvious (overt), subtle or sometimes unintentional. This task will explain three types of discriminatory practice and the effects that each practice has on those who are subjected to them. The first type of discriminatory practice that I have chosen is prejudice. Prejudice is usually found when staff members judge those who are in their care inappropriately because of case notes of the person or from information other members of staff have provided them with. An example of this would be if a person who was a wheelchair user and also had a learning disability was a resident at a care home, staff may judge them because of their use of a wheelchair before they have even met them or spoke to them. The effects involved in this example are, low self-esteem, marginalisation and restricted opportunities. Low self-esteem is the main effect in this example as the staff members have pre –judged a person before meeting them or speaking to them and this may lead to the person who is subjected to this discrimination to believe they are different and fear that their personal information is being shared between staff and other professionals. Feeling like this may lead the person to be paranoid towards telling staff personal information and may not receive the correct care if they do not tell staff their problems. Another effect present is marginalisation, the person may feel they have been marginalised because, due to prejudice they may receive different care and treatment to other patients or residents and because of this they may start to believe they are different to others and feel isolated because others are given better treatment to them. Restricted
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