Manifestations of Stigma and Prejudice Informed by Treated Lepers

  • Arieli Rodrigues Nóbrega Videres Nurse. PhD student of the PostGraduate Program in Nursing at the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB). Assistant Professor of the Federal University of Campina Grande, Cajazeiras PB-campus (UFCG).
  • Clélia Albino Simpson Nurse. Post-Doctorate from the University of Évora - Portugal. Professor Departamento of Nursing and the Graduate Program in Nursing at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
  • Felismina Rosa Parreira Mendes Nurse. PhD professor at the University of Evora, Portugal.
  • Rita de Cássia Cordeiro de Oliveira PhD in Nursing by the Graduate Program in Nursing at the Federal University of Paraíba. Professor of the University Center UNIPÊ, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.
  • Karinne Dantas de Oliveira Adário Nurse. Specialist in Health Service Management. Technical Advisor of the Labor Management Board on Health by the Municipal Health Department of João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.
  • Emília Fernandes Pimenta Nurse. Master in Management in Organizations learners from the Federal University of Paraíba. Manager Work in Health by the Health Secretariat of the city of João Pessoa, Paraíba. Deputy Coordinator of the Teaching and Research Integrated Union (UNEPI).
  • Lenilde Duarte de Sá Nurse. Professor Post, Department of Public Health Nursing and Psychiatry and the Graduate Program in Nursing at the Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.


Introduction: The segregation of people affected by leprosy in leper colonies as well as presenting itself ineffective, still caused irreversible and irreparable consequences in the lives of individuals who came to carry the marks of stigma and prejudice surrounding the disease.

Objective: To identify traits related to the stigma and prejudice in the content of lepers' 12 speeches, separated compulsorily in the Colônia São Francisco de Assis in the city of Natal, located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

Method: Descriptive study focusing on the oral history of life. The narratives were collected in April 2010 through a recorded interview and analyzed by means of the technique of Content Analyses.

Results: The stigma and the prejudice crystallized in our culture had caused and still cause huge suffering and pain in the participants, who grew up and several aged in biological terms, living with a stigmatizing disease and its complications, sometimes disabling ones. In social and psychological terms, they were discriminated, rejected and even expelled from the familiar conviviality and the original social nucleus.

Conclusion: In this manner, one notices the need of these people recover their attachments, values and self-esteem, share feelings and build relationships so as to be integrated in the real world.
Apr 11, 2016
How to Cite
VIDERES, Arieli Rodrigues Nóbrega et al. Manifestations of Stigma and Prejudice Informed by Treated Lepers. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, apr. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 14 july 2020. doi:
Infectious Diseases


Nursing; Leprosy; Prejudice