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Individuals, families and relationships

Richard Olsen and Harriet Clarke

in Parenting and disability

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343642
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302902 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343642.003.0006
Individuals, families and relationships

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This chapter addresses the importance of looking at parenting and disability as involving sets of relationships between family members, as well as promoting parental choice and control. It emphasises the social experience of disability, which affects individuals and relationships within the family and between family members and the outside world. The chapter discusses the complicated ways the experiences of impairment and disability intersect, with reference to the nature of mental-health impairments and their origin, which is in most cases in social experience. It also reviews the understanding of the social model of disability, in order to correctly present the experiences of people with mental distress.

Keywords: parental choice; control; impairment; disability; nature; mental health; social experience; social model; mental distress

Chapter.  8792 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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