The Social Psychology of Childhood Disability Hardback
by David Thomas
Part of the Psychology Library Editions: Social Psychology series
'Some years ago I read the phrase "the spontaneous revulsion to the deformed".
The phrase seemed to be both potent and provocative: Was there a spontaneous revulsion to disabilities in children or did such conditions evoke a more compassionate response?'Originally published in 1978, the problems of the disabled were no longer confined to the medical and educational professionals, but had become the concern of the community as a whole.
Using terminology very much of the time, the author shows how attitudes towards different kinds of disability had developed at the time; they varied both regionally and by social class, sometimes calling into question the accepted 'facts' about the distribution of a particular condition.
Most importantly, the author examines these attitudes together with many other social and psychological factors in relation to their impact on the social behaviour and developing self-image of the disabled child.
It becomes clear that the dangers of categorization and the difficulties in overcoming stigma have a profound influence on the education and socialization of disabled children. This book will be of historical interest to students and teachers of psychology, education, social work and rehabilitation; and it will provide insight for parents and all those concerned with the care and development of the disabled child about how far we have come.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 08/06/2015
- Category: Disability: social aspects
- ISBN: 9781138853294
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