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Parenting and disabilityDisabled parents' experiences of raising children$
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Richard Olsen

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343642

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343642.001.0001

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Individuals, families and relationships

Individuals, families and relationships

(p.127) Six Individuals, families and relationships
Parenting and disability

Richard Olsen

Harriet Clarke

Policy Press

This chapter addresses the importance of looking at parenting and disability as involving sets of relationships between family members, as well as promoting parental choice and control. It emphasises the social experience of disability, which affects individuals and relationships within the family and between family members and the outside world. The chapter discusses the complicated ways the experiences of impairment and disability intersect, with reference to the nature of mental-health impairments and their origin, which is in most cases in social experience. It also reviews the understanding of the social model of disability, in order to correctly present the experiences of people with mental distress.

Keywords:   parental choice, control, impairment, disability, nature, mental health, social experience, social model, mental distress

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