The social construction of disability

The social construction of disability is the idea that society and its institutions have power it constructs disability around social expectations of health (Freidson, 1970). We construct our social environments and the way we understand and interact with people by the words we use and the actions we take in social situations. This idea is what causes disabilities to be overlooked or not thought of as serious enough for certain benefits or needed services. In the Parker video Stephanie mentioned being depressed and suicidal and has even tried to discuss these things with her family but they do not care to listen or discuss it. Mental health is a disability, however, people in society do exactly what Stephanie’s family did, not care to address it or take it seriously. Disability is socially constructed by failure to give people the amount and kind of help they need to participate fully in all major aspects of life in society (Wendell, 2013). Stephanie is not only dealing with depression and bipolar disorder, but she is also taking care of her mother full time. She mentioned feeling smothered because her mother is always there, and they always argue, her disabilities affect this even more because she is does not have a hold on how to cope with the stress she is feeling. She is also taking a lot of medicine which can affect her ability to fully function. Her place and experience in society has always been affected, from getting shut out by her parents regarding how she was feeling, to now battling with her own disabilities while taking care of her mother. It has been proven to be detrimental for her due to being hospitalized multiple times from the overwhelming stress. Stephanie may be oppressed in the sense that she may not be able to work as needed due to her disabilities and caring for her mother, but she is still having to buy medicine which may be putting a strain on her finances. Stephanie needs to get her own disabilities under control before she can take care of someone else. She needs proper services and be taught coping skills that will reduce her anger and stress. ReferencesFreidson, Eliot (1970). Profession of Medicine: A Study of the Sociology of Applied Knowledge. Harper and Row Inc. pp. 205–207. ISBN 0-06-042205-X.   Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader]. Wendell, S. (2013). The social construction of disability. In M. Adams, W. J. Blumenfeld, C. Castaneda, H. W. Hackman, M. L. Peters, & X. Zuniga, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (pp. 481-485). New York, New York: Routledge.REPLY QUOTE EMAIL AUTHOR 5 hours agoFlorence Ngenue RE: Discussion 2 – Week 9COLLAPSEAccording to Encyclopedia.com social construct is an idea or believe that appears to be natural and obvious to those who accept it and may not be a reality. The implication of the social construction of disability is the notion that society and its institution have the power to define disability around social expectation of health. Individuals with disabilities are labeled as being divinely punished or a side effect of a moral failing being physically or biologically different.Describing how disability can be define as a social construct is looking at disability the way society assumes it to be. Some assume disability limits functioning. They assume those with disability need to always be help and can’t do for themselves. Most people like me will want to always stop to offer extra help to those who are disable but what we are ignorant about is that some disabled person can do for themselves. Therefore, disability is socially constructed by failure to give those concern the help the need to participate fully in all major aspects of life in the society (Adams, et. al., 2018)This idea of social construct of disability is what causes disabilities to be overlooked or not thought of as serious enough for certain benefits or needed services. In case of the Parker family, Stephanie mentioned being depressed and suicidal and has tried to talk it with her family, but they did not listen or take her serious to discuss it (Plummer & Brocksen, 2014). Mental health is also a disability, people turn to treat those suffering from it as Stephanie’s family did. It is not being addressed or taken seriously. Thus, they are not accorded the necessary attention, services or resources neededThere is an intersection of Stephanie’s mental illness with other characteristics of her identity. Stephanie is not only dealing with depression and bipolar disorder she is also her mother’s primary caregiver. She also has a part-time job. She feels unhappy because of the constant argument between her and her mother and her disability affect this the more because she has a difficulty coping with the stress she is feeling. She is also on so many medications which can affect her ability to function properly.These intersections could serve as further marginalization for Stephanie’s place and experience in the society. Stephanie is a 48year old lady still living with her mother. She could be seen as still a dependent at this age and thus, marginalized. Also because of Stephanie’s mental illness some employers may not want to give her a chance to work in their companies. Lastly Stephanie could be marginalized by friends, colleague because of her bipolar disorders. The could constantly be called her names like that ‘bipolar’ behind her back and may not be taken seriously because they may think it’s her disorder influencing her actions.This marginalization could affect Stephanie’s choices, use self-determination and bean active agent with equitable status in her interaction with other professionals in the following way: – Stephanie has been looked down not only by her family but by the society. Being surrounded by constant marginalization She could believe and be what people assume her to be and thus loosing her personality. Also, this could also affect her choices as she will turn to make decisions based on what society has labeled her to be. Her relationship with professional will be that of lack of trust and challenging. The professionals may face a lot of resistance from her if they try to help her be different from what society has made her to believe.ReferenceAdams, M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, C., Catalano, D. C. J., DeJong, K., Hackman, H. W,… Zuniga, X. (Eds.). (2018). Readings for diversity and social justice (4th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge Press.Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].”The Parker Family”

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