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Impairment, disability and loss: reassessing the rejection of loss.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2004
<mark>Journal</mark>Illness, Crisis and Loss
Issue number1
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)90-101
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Psychological theories of loss and grief, which suggest that people must go through stages such as shock, anger, denial, and despair before finally reaching a recovered stage of acceptance, have often been applied to understanding the experience of disability. However, this has also been firmly rejected within the U.K. disability studies literature, which draws on the experience of disabled people from a critical perspective. The result is not just a rejection of ways of understanding loss but a high level of caution in exploring disability from a psychological perspective. This article explores these debates and then considers if more recent theorizing about loss and grief has in any way addressed these criticisms. The disenfranchised grief, dual process, and meaning reconstruction models are each considered and questions are raised about their potential to contribute to disability studies.

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RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy