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The Development of Disability in Community Psychology Research

The Development of Disability in Community Psychology Research by  Robert Gutierrez and Christopher B. Keys, Department of Psychology, DePaul University

The Development of Disability in Community Psychology Research

Robert Gutierrez and Christopher B. Keys, Department of Psychology, DePaul University

Abstract

As in many fields, conceptualizations of disability have shifted and evolved within the field of community psychology. The current study aimed to capture the historic inclusion of disability groups over the first 35 years of community psychology research. Articles published in the American Journal of Community Psychology and the Journal of Community Psychology from 1973 to 2007 were coded for the inclusion of research populations within a broad definition of disabilities. In order to capture studies which include persons with disabilities as well as studies of services for persons with disabilities, regardless of the articles definition of disability or lack thereof, the current study included any article which fit its broad definition. This included articles dealing with, sensory, developmental, physical and cognitive disabilities. The resulting findings demonstrate the evolution not only of concepts of disability but of community psychology as a field.

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Robert Gutierrez and Christopher B. Keys, Department of Psychology, DePaul University

Robert Gutierrez and Christopher B. Keys are members of the faculty of the Department of Psychology, DePaul University.


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Keywords: scra biennial conference, community psychology practice, gjcpp