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ERIC Number: EJ832525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Physical and Social Barriers to Social Relationships: Voices of Rural Disabled Women in the USA
Taub, Diane E.; McLorg, Penelope A.; Bartnick, April K.
Disability & Society, v24 n2 p201-215 Mar 2009
Through exploring the lived experiences of disabled women, this study investigates how physical and social barriers affect their social relationships. In-depth tape-recorded interviews investigating a variety of social and interpersonal issues were conducted with 24 women with physical or visual impairments who lived in a rural region of the midwestern USA. Using content analysis, the researchers examined interview data for common themes and patterns relating to social relationships. The findings indicate that physical barriers, related to the physical environment and personal physicality, along with social barriers, involving preconceptions of others about impairment and restrictions in personal networks, hamper the initiation and maintenance of social relationships. Further, the experiences of this group of disabled women corresponded most closely with the premises of a social relational understanding of disability. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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