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ERIC Number: EJ832515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Notions of Self: Lived Realities of Children with Disabilities
Singh, Vanessa; Ghai, Anita
Disability & Society, v24 n2 p129-145 Mar 2009
To research children's notions of self, semi-structured interviews, drawings and focused group discussions were used with 14 children with mobility "impairments" aged 11-16 years. The objective was to capture children's "lived realities". Findings illuminated immense variation and fluidity in children's understanding of "disability". Children desired to appear similar to "non-disabled" children. Most attributed "disability" to existential causes. Parents' ambivalent attitudes and societal reactions to "disabled" children are discussed. The study points out the unremitting hope and potential of these children, which is often silenced by the overarching "negativism" that surrounds "disability". (Contains 4 figures, 7 tables and 1P note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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