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Describe the effects of discrimination

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Discrimination can have several negative effects on the victim, their family, the workplace, the wider community and the perpetrator.

It can result in individuals feeling worthless, guilty, angry, sad and upset as well as be a cause of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and stress.

It can be a precursor to hatred and conflict that can result in harm, injury and even death.

It can result in toxic environments and workplaces where there is low morale, trust and confidence. Productivity can be reduced and some of the best workers could be sidelined.

It can also lead to individuals being excluded and social isolation that could result in a loss of self esteem, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

For individuals that take part in discrimination, it can lead to disciplinary action, contract termination or even prosecution.

Example Question and Answer

For each of the following people/groups of people, describe two different possible effects of discrimination

IndividualThey become angry and upset that they are being treated differently to others.

They lose self-esteem as they are made to feel that they are worth less than others.

 Their families They feel guilty that they have entrusted the care of their relation with someone that is discriminatory.

They put a complaint in to the service provider.

 Wider society People may feel awkward or embarrassed if they witness discrimination.

People may challenge the person discriminating and tell them it is not acceptable.

 Those who discriminate They may feel ashamed if challenged about their behaviour.

They may lose their job.