Negative Attitudes Toward Physically Disabled Women Having Children

An Additional Handicap

Mary T. Westbrook, Darien L. Chinnery

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The negative attitudes that exist regarding physically disabled women having children are discussed. The major justifications given for such attitudes are that disabled mothers are unable to provide adequate care and that their children are likely to be maladjusted. Research findings do not support these beliefs. However, such attitudes further handicap disabled mothers by depriving them of relevant information and support, and fostering feelings of guilt and inadequacy. Wright's (1983) coping perspective on disability suggests strategies for enabling disabled mothers to manage difficulties they encounter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Social Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes

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