The Interdisciplinary Status of Rehabilitation Psychology

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ABSTRACT.The field of rehabilitation psychology is examined from the perspectives of other social science disciplines. Each discipline is associated with certain assumptions, particular meanings of disability, and distinctive remedies. Rehabilitation psychologists overdetermine disability problems in terms of individual traits and dynamics. In this way, they may alienate citizens with disabilities who increasingly formulate their difficulties in terms of civil rights, environmental obstacles, and social pathology. The individualism that permeates psychology is criticized with formulations drawn from political science, sociology, economics, linguistics, and insights from philosophies of social science. A more inclusive perspective on disability would enable rehabilitationists to relate better to the emerging consumerism and political activism stirring among persons with handicaps.

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