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ERIC Number: EJ951072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-8046
Eugenics, Genetics, and the Minority Group Model of Disabilities: Implications for Social Work Advocacy
O'Brien, Gerald V.
Social Work, v56 n4 p347-354 Oct 2011
In the United States, genetic research, as well as policy and practice innovations based on this research, has expanded greatly over the past few decades. This expansion is indicated, for example, by the mapping of the human genome, an expansion of genetic counseling, and other biogenetic research. Also, a disability rights movement that in many ways parallels other "minority" rights campaigns has expanded. The coexistence of these developments poses intriguing challenges for social work that the profession has yet to address in a meaningful way. These issues are especially pertinent for social work professionals in the crucial role as advocates for marginalized populations. This article describes some of the concerns of disability rights activists relative to genetic innovations and goals as well as the instrumental role of the social work community in this important debate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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