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Self-concepts of individuals who are blind: A qualitative study

26 July 2002


Therapist attention to client diversity is important in providing culturally appropriate and effective treatment. Current research is inadequate in helping us understand how individuals with a disability view themselves, and how this relates to the growth of a positive selfconcept. The purpose ofthis study is to understand how individuals who are Blind describe themselves and how this contributes to their sense of personal identity. A semi-structured interview was used to develop a phenomenological description of the experiences of eight individuals who are Blind and to identify themes in self-descriptions. These themes were compared with expectations based on theoretical principles of two identity development models, the Racial/Cultural Identity Development model (Sue & Sue, 1990) and Social Identity Theory (Hogg & Abrams, 1988; Tajfel, 1982).


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