On the potential for psychological researchers and psychologists to promote the social inclusion of people with disability: A review

Gaskin, Cadeym J. 2015, On the potential for psychological researchers and psychologists to promote the social inclusion of people with disability: A review, Australian psychologist, vol. 50, no. 6, pp. 445-454.

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Title On the potential for psychological researchers and psychologists to promote the social inclusion of people with disability: A review
Author(s) Gaskin, Cadeym J.ORCID iD for Gaskin, Cadeym J. orcid.org/0000-0001-5240-4320
Journal name Australian psychologist
Volume number 50
Issue number 6
Start page 445
End page 454
Total pages 10
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2015-01-01
ISSN 0005-0067
Keyword(s) disablism
human rights
models of disability
social justice
Summary © 2015 Australian Psychological Society. Objective: This paper outlines different approaches to understanding disability and describes ways in which psychological researchers and psychologists can promote the social inclusion of people with disability. Method: Narrative review drawing on writings and research from psychology and disability studies. Results: Five prominent models of disability appear in the literature (moral, medical, social, biopsychosocial, and post-modern), all of which have relevance to the lives of people with disability. Conceptualisations commonly used to understand the experience of disability from a psychological perspective include stigma and psycho-emotional disablism. There is evidence that people with disability wish to have greater involvement in research (e.g., as consultants and partners in research about them, and as participants in mainstream research) and to see research findings translated into practice. Evidence is emerging that can be used to underpin psychologists work with (a) communities (to foster social change and social justice, and to reduce stigma); (b) organisations, such as schools, workplaces, and disability service providers (to help develop inclusive and supportive environments); (c) families (to promote optimism, alternative understandings of disability, and a sense of control, as well as developing behaviour support plans and providing referrals to other sources of practical support); and (d) people with disability (to assist them with the issues they bring to therapy while being mindful of the potential for psycho-emotional disablism to colour the material presented). Conclusion: Psychological researchers and psychologists have significant potential to contribute to the social inclusion of people with disability.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Australian Psychological Society
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