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Master of Science in Psychology
Two current models of identity development, the Raciat/Cultural Identity Development model (Sue & Sue, 1990) and the Social Identity Theory (Hogg &
Abrams, 1988; Tajfel, 1982; Tajfel & Turner, 1979), were considered to describe
identity development for individuals with disability. These models, while descriptive of some individuals with disability, have a number of limitations in their applicability. These limitations can be summarized as follows: 1) they presume existence and access to "like" community and 2) they presume a choice to disclose. In addition, these theories do not address: 1) parallel processes for parents and children with disabilities; 2) functional limitations of individuals with disabilities; or 3) early childhood identity development. Future models should incorporate these issues. More research is clearly needed in this area to facilitate the development of identity models for individuals with disability.
McMahon, Marie K. (1998). Disability and identity: the applicability of identity development models to individuals with disability (Master's thesis, Pacific University). Retrieved from: