Readings in Physical Disability

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 772–773. Reviews the book, The Psychological and Social Impact of Physical Disability edited by Robert P. Marinelli and Arthur E. Dell Orto (1977). Marinelli and Dell Orto have sampled the field of the psychological and social impact of physical disability. Considering that the text was published in 1977, most of their selections were relatively timely. There is very limited discussion of psychological assessment of the disabled. However, by far the most important omission is consideration of the various aspects of employment of the disabled. While individual authors deal with it indirectly, such issues as vocational choice, training, job placement, and the productivity of the disabled worker are absent. Similarly, there is no reference to issues of special education or the concept and consequences of “mainstreaming.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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