“Going the Extra Mile”: Disclosure, Accommodation, and Stigma Management among Working Women with Disabilities

Mairead Eastin Moloney, Robyn Lewis Brown, Gabriele Ciciurkaite, Susan M. Foley

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Abstract

Although research has quantitatively evaluated the impacts of stigma upon working women with disabilities (WWD), nuanced, qualitative accounts voiced by these women are rare. To address this literature gap, we conducted seven focus groups with 42 WWD. We asked: “What are women’s experiences of disability disclosure and accommodation in the workplace?” Findings reveal that WWD face intentional and unintentional structural discrimination and must weigh the pros and cons of disclosure and navigate devaluation threats in pursuing workplace accommodations. “Going the extra mile” emerged as a stigma management technique which was prevalent among women of higher social capital.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)942-956
Number of pages15
JournalDeviant Behavior
Volume40
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 3 2019

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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