A vicious cycle: an exploration of stigma about Down syndrome using analysis of parental blogs

Seymour-Willcox, Rebecca (2013) A vicious cycle: an exploration of stigma about Down syndrome using analysis of parental blogs. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Disability studies have frequently essentialised all forms of disability, including physical and intellectual disability. Over-arching theories do not take into account the social stigma experienced by those with the disability, which would appear to especially acutely felt by those with Down Syndrome. A cycle of stigma may be driving the ongoing discrimination, from societal attitudes through termination to courtesy stigma and reinforced by stereotyping with low capacity for resistance to counter it. This study aims to review the current literature, identify possible factors to ongoing stigma and to analyse blogs of parents to provide valuable insight and personal voice to the phenomenon. It will also seek to pinpoint areas where the repetitive nature of the cycle could be interrupted and to make recommendations for professional intervention and practice. Finally, it will review whether other theories are more pertinent in the interpretation and understanding of this particular field of disability study.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 14:04
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:30
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13658

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