With the release of its eighth edition, this bestselling text remains the most comprehensive and current text addressing the psychological and social issues dealt with by persons with disabilities. The new edition is almost completely rewritten and expanded by expert voices in disability and rehabilitation policy, research, and lived experience. It presents many new chapters covering topics such as disability identity, the impact of U.S. laws and policies, the impact of micro-aggressions and discrimination, applications of well-being and positive psychology, and mental health implications of social media usage for people with disabilities. The eighth edition also includes new Personal Perspectives from individuals with various disabilities.
The text provides an informed, critical, and engaging exploration of the impact of chronic illness and disability (CID) for a wide range of students, educators, and professionals who work with this population. It delivers a comprehensive understanding of CID topics ranging from the impact of law and policies, social justice issues, personal and professional rehabilitation, and the psychosocial experiences of CID. The book continues to investigate a diverse range of topics, from the historical and cultural perspectives on illness and disability to the personal, familial, and social impacts of disability. Chapters include Learning Objectives, Pre-Reading Questions, Class Activities, and Case Studies with accompanying Discussion Questions to promote engagement.