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Living with stigma and the self-perceptions of people with mild intellectual disabilities

Jahoda, A. and Wilson, Alastair and Stalker, K. and Cairney, A. (2010) Living with stigma and the self-perceptions of people with mild intellectual disabilities. Journal of Social Issues, 66 (3). pp. 521-534. ISSN 0022-4537

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    Abstract

    There is now overwhelming evidence concerning the awareness people with moderate to mild intellectual disabilities' have about the stigma they experience in their lives. However, there is still controversy about the potential impact of stigma on their self-perceptions. This paper will draw on findings from an ethnographic study to show that even when individuals have difficulty expressing their views verbally, their actions can provide evidence of how they struggle to establish or maintain positive social identities - sometimes at the cost of their mental health. The implications of these and other findings will be discussed in relation to social constructionist theories of self-perception. This in turn will be linked to a discussion about the kind of support that might be required by people with intellectual disabilities, and how stigma might increase vulnerability to emotional and inter-personal problems.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 26987
    Keywords: intellectual disability, stigma, self-concept, depression, anxiety, transition, ethnography, Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform , Social Sciences(all)
    Subjects: Social Sciences > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
    Faculty of Education > Educational and Professional Studies
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    Depositing user: Miss Darcy Spiller
    Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2010 10:04
    Last modified: 11 Jul 2014 07:20
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26987

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