If person-centered language seems like semantics or political correctness, consider the results of a randomized Harvard study.

Clinicians exposed to the term substance abuser made “systematically different judgments” than clinicians exposed to the term having a substance use disorder; the former group was more likely to attribute blame and punitive action rather than treatment for the individual in question. Learn about Kelly and Westerhoff’s research.

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The SAY IT Program toolkit provides respectful and positive person-centered language.

  • Mental health
  • Different abilities
  • Substance use disorder
  • LGBTQ+
  • Incarceration and justice-involvement
  • Immigration status

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