This thoughtful collection addresses the issues faced by women with disabilities, examines the social construction of disability, and makes suggestions for the development and modification of culturally relevant therapy to meet the needs of disabled women. Written in an accessible style with a minimum of jargon, this book provides clinical material from the perspectives of psychotherapists, clients, personal assistants, and health administrators. Women with Visible and Invisible Disabilities also highlights the importance of considering age, ethnicity, and sexual orientation in its examination of feminist approaches to assessment, psychotherapy, disability management (coping), and discusses how the Americans with Disabilities Act impacts employment and education for women.
A must-read for every student…Should be included in the library of every clinician and researcher. A comprehensive book about a long-overlooked topic that affects many women and their families. The editors have opened our eyes to the issues and provided realistic and practical solutions. -Gail E. Wyatt, PhD, Professor and Director, Sexual Health Program; Associate Director, UCLA AIDS Institute; Editor, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology Journal
Highly Recommended! This book contains much valuable information that will lead to greater sensitivity in service delivery to this neglected group of women. Readers will learn about the wide range of disabilities these women manifest and about the variety of treatment approaches and health promotion programs that validate positive views of disability while at the same time encouraging healthy living in this special population. -Irene W. Leigh, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Gallaudet University
What an interesting book! This book will fill in many of the gaps in existing literature because of its sensitive approach to ethnic and sexual minorities who have disabilities. My consciousness was raised by nearly every chapter. I highly recommend this book to therapists, policymakers, students, faculty, and women with disabilities themselves. - Joan C. Chrisler, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Connecticut College
Bravo! Provides powerful and direct answers to the questions, concerns, and challenges all women with disabilities experience. The voices in this book are speaking loud and clear to a wide range of readers and audiences…Centered on the core principle that quality of life revolves around one's mental health, a sense of strength, and resiliency. -Theresa M. Rankin, BA, NCE, National Community Educator, Brain Injury Services, Inc; MidAtlantic Traumatic Brain Injury Consortium; Fairhaven Institute for Brain Injury/University of Wisconsin-Scott
Chin, Foreword. Banks, Preface. Mukherjee, Reis, Heller, Women Living with Traumatic Brain Injury: Social Isolation, Emotional Functioning and Implications for Psychotherapy. Feist-Price, Wright, African American Women Living with HIV/AIDS: Mental Health Issues. Kendall-Tackett, Marshall, Ness, Chronic Pain Syndromes and Violence Against Women. Bagley, Character, Shelton, Eating Disorders Among Urban and Rural African American and European American Women. Hoffschmidt, Weinstein, The Influence of Silent Learning Disorders on the Lives of Women. Poulin, Gouliquer, Part-Time Disabled Lesbian Passing on Roller Blades, or PMS, Prozac, and Essentializing Women's Ailments. Yee, Nguyen, Ha, Chronic Disease Health Beliefs and Lifestyle Practices Among Vietnamese Adults: Influence of Gender and Age. Feldman, Tegart, Keep Moving: Conceptions of Illness and Disability of Middle-Aged African-American Women with Arthritis. Williams, Upadhyay, To Be or Not to Be Disabled. Kemp, Chen, Erickson, Friesen, ADA Accommodations of Therapists with Disabilities in Clinical Training. Neal-Barnett, Mendelson, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in the Workplace: An Invisible Disability. Crawford, Ostrove, Representation of Disability and the Interpersonal Relationships of Women with Disabilities. Dotson, Stinson, Christian, "People Tell Me I Can't Have Sex": Women with Disabilities Share Their Personal Perspectives on Health Care, Sexuality, and Reproductive Rights. Mona, Sexual Options for People with Disabilities: Using Personal Assistance Services for Sexual Expression. Beatty, Substance Abuse, Disabilities, and Black Women: An Issue Worth Exploring. Olkin, Women with Physical Disabilities Who Want to Leave Their Partners: A Feminist and Disability-Affirmative Perspective. Farley, Prostitution and the Invisibility of Harm. Baesler, Derlega, Winstead, Barbee, Prayer as Interpersonal Coping in the Lives of Mothers with HIV. DiCowden, The Call of the Wild Woman: Models of Healing. Corbett, Special Issues in Psychotherapy with Minority Deaf Women. Nabors, Pettee, Womanist Therapy with African American Women with Disabilities. Ackerman, Banks, Assessment, Treatment, and Rehabilitation for Interpersonal Violence Victims: Women Sustaining Head Injuries.