Disability and mental health

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People with disabilities have a higher prevalence of psychological distress than individuals without disabilities, with variability in prevalence rates seen as a function of social status (e.g., socioeconomic status, age, and gender) and differing degrees of social marginalization. This has directed research attention to the question of how being a part of a social devalued group (i.e., experiencing ableism) impacts the mental health of those with disabilities. Yet many people do not experience discrete disabilities; having comorbid physical, psychological, and/or intellectual conditions can exacerbate the experience of ableism on mental health. Additional research using a variety of methods is needed to more clearly document the lived, intersectional experiences of people with multiple disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-3
ISBN (Electronic)9780323914987
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

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  • Ableism
  • Comorbidities
  • Depression
  • Disabilities
  • Intersectionality
  • Social devaluation
  • Social disadvantage
  • Social status
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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