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Back to Basics in the Assessment of Stigma: Commentary on Conley et al. (2012)


  • Jessica Salvatore

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    1. Amherst College & Mount Holyoke College
    • Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Jessica Salvatore, Department of Psychology, Merrill Science Center, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002 [e-mail:].

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In this commentary, I put forward some recommendations for a triangulating approach to the documentation of stigma marking consensually nonmonogamous (CNM) relationships. I also suggest what information policymakers need next: answers to the interrelated questions of where it comes from and what to do about it. Given the context-specific manifestations of social stigma, policy recommendations should be driven by both an account of the origins of this stigma and a consideration of the current atmosphere of intense social change relating to sexuality in the United States.