ERIC Number: ED130190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Labeling the Developmentally Disabled: A Social-System Approach.
This paper examines procedures utilized in five social systems in affixing the label of disability on a sample of the developmentally disabled in three counties located in a Southern state. The social systems are: medical clinics, public schools, governmental and semigovernmental agencies, civic organizations, and families and neighbors. The objective is to compare the developmentally disabled persons nominated by these social systems in terms of degree of help sought from others, and dependence on public and private welfare agencies. Data were gathered from 364 disabled persons whose disabilities were mental retardation, cerebral pasly, and/or epilepsy. Statistical analyses revealed that characteristics of the disabled varied from one social system to another. Furthermore, the labeling process itself was mainly "reputational" in certain social systems and more "technical" in others. This research project, although only a beginning, speaks to the mislabeling that can occur when persons vary from the "norm". (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alabama State Dept. of Mental Health, Montgomery.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, (San Francisco, California, August 25-29, 1975)