The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Disability

Paperback | January 15, 2015

EditorMichael L. Wehmeyer

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Roughly 54 million people with disabilities live in the U.S., and there are many more millions of people with disabilities around the world. Not surprisingly, differences among people with disabilities are often as notable as differences between people with and without disabilities. And, whilethe lack of homogeneity among people with disabilities makes creating a valid taxonomy under this term difficult if not impossible, there is commonality among people with disabilities that justifies an authoritative resource on positive psychology and disability; that is, they have experienceddiscrimination and marginalization as a function of their disability. This volume assembles chapters by leading scholars in disability and positive psychology to provide a comprehensive synthesis of the state of the field. Chapters are organized into thematic sections, beginning with an introductory section on overarching themes in positive psychology and disability.The second section highlights the application of positive psychological constructs to disability. These constructs includes quality of life, self-determination, adaptive behavior, optimism, hope, problem solving, forgiveness, gratitude, and spirituality. The following section addresses systemicissues in disability that impact on positive psychology, again turning to disciplines beyond psychology (special education, rehabilitation sciences, and family and disability policy) to address areas in which positive psychology can be applied. A fourth section examines positive psychology inpopulations with specific disabilities, including physical disabilities, cognitive and developmental disabilities, severe multiple disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders. Disability has always been associated with "differentness" and, consequently, people with disabilities have throughout time been treated as such. As the first handbook to consider disability from a strengths-based perspective, this volume provides a catalyst to accelerate the application of positivepsychology to how disability is understood.

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Roughly 54 million people with disabilities live in the U.S., and there are many more millions of people with disabilities around the world. Not surprisingly, differences among people with disabilities are often as notable as differences between people with and without disabilities. And, whilethe lack of homogeneity among people with d...

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Special Education, University of Kansas; Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities; and Senior Scientist at the Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas. His research and intervention efforts focus on promoting the self-determination of c...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 9.88 × 7.01 × 1.1 inPublished:January 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part One: Overarching Themes in Positive Psychology and Disability1. Michael L. Wehmeyer: Beyond Pathology: Positive Psychology and Disability2. Wil H. E. Buntinx: Understanding Disability: A Strengths-Based Approach3. Karrie A. Shogren: Positive Psychology and Disability: A Historical AnalysisPart Two: Application of Positive Psychological Constructs to Disability4. Robert L. Schalock and Miguel Angel Verdugo Alonso: The Impact of the Quality of Life Concept on the Field of Intellectual Disability5. Kevin Rand and Amanda M. Shea: Optimism within the Context of Disability6. Joanne Kersh, Laura Corona, and Gary Siperstein: Social Well-Being and Friendship of People with Intellectual Disability7. Jennifer Rowland: Exercise, Leisure, and Well-Being for People with Disabilities8. Lillian R. Reuman, Chelsea Mitamura, and Michele M. Tugard: Coping and Disability9. Marc J. Tass: Adaptive Behavior10. Michael L. Wehmeyer and Todd D. Little: Self-Determination11. Dennis Mithaug: Self-Determined Learning12. Cindy Pressgrove Buchanon and Shane Lopez: Understanding Hope in Individuals with Disabilities13. Jan Blacher, Bruce Baker, and Lauren D. Berkovitz: Family Perspectives on Child Intellectual Disability: Views from the Sunny Side of the Street14. Christopher Murray and Bonnie Doren: Resilience and Disability: Concepts, Examples, Cautions, and Prospects15. Linda Hickson and Ishita Khemka: Problem Solving and Decision Making16. William Gaventa: Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Spirituality17. Salvatore Soresi, Laura Nota, Lea Ferarri, and Teresa Maria Sgaramella: Career Development and Career Thoughts18. Dale H. Schunk and William D. Bursuck: Self-Regulation19. Brenda Jo Brueggemann: Disability Studies/Disability CulturePart Three: Systems that Support Positive Psychology and Disability20. Glen Dunlap, Donald Kincaid, and Donald Jackson: Positive Behavior Support: Foundations, Systems, and Quality of Life21. James R. Thompson and Yuwadee Viriyangkura: Supports and Support Needs22. Paul Wehman, Vicki Brooke, Stephanie Lau, and Pamela Targett: Supported Employment23. Caya Chiu, Kathleen Kyzar, Nina Zuna, Ann Turnbull, Jean Ann Summers, and Vivi Aya Gomez: Family Quality of Life24. Sharon Field: Education25. Tamar Heller and Lieke van Heumen: Aging with DisabilityPart Four: Specific Populations and Positive Psychology26. Dana S. Dunn, Gitendra Uswatte, Timothy R. Elliott, Allissa Lastres, and Brittany Beard: A Positive Psychology of Physical Disability: Principles and Progress27. Karrie A. Shogren: Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities28. Mats Granlund, Jenny Wilder, and Lena Almqvist: Severe Multiple Disabilities29. Dan Olympia, Lora Tuesday Heathfield, William R. Jenson, Holly Majszak, Virginia Ramos-Matias, and Monique Thacker: Positive Psychology and Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disability30. Dianne Zager: Positive Psychology and Autism Spectrum DisordersPart Five: Considerations for the Field of Disability31. Robert A. Cummins: Limitations to Positive Psychology Predicted by Subjective Wellbeing Homeostasis

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"The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Disability, edited by Michael Wehmeyer, provides an in-depth exploration of research on people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. [... T]his collection of original research benefits from the credibility of authorities in thefields of disability and positive psychology. [...] The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Disability is a valuable addition to the library of any professional or student interested in increasing overall cultural competence in working with individuals with disabilities. It challengesprofessionals to embrace their responsibility to advocate for and with people with disabilities in recognition that basic provision of rights is meaningless if individuals cannot access the freedoms and opportunities that these rights are intended to afford." --Kara Ayers and Stephanie Weber, PsycCRITIQUES