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ERIC Number: EJ846383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
The Impact of Visibility of Disability and Gender on the Self-Concept of University Students with Disabilities
Olney, Marjorie F.; Brockelman, Karin F.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v18 n1 p80-91 Win 2005
This study is the result of a series of group and individual interviews in which 25 university students with a variety of disabilities discussed their experience of disability. Transcripts of the interviews were analyzed qualitatively using an inductive procedure. Data were then sorted by gender and by hidden versus visible disability. Here we present themes related to self-concept; specifically how the students (1) thought of themselves, (2) presented themselves to others, (3) imagined others' views of them, and (4) perceived the supports they received. Results of these analyses provide indications of differences, both predictable and unexpected, between the perceptions and experiences of men and women and between persons with visible versus hidden disabilities. Implications of the study for the delivery of services to students with disabilities are explored. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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