'They were brilliant, I don’t know what I would’ve done if they hadn’t been there': The group concept problem revisited.

Finlay, W.M.L. and Rutland, Adam and Shotton, J. (2003) 'They were brilliant, I don’t know what I would’ve done if they hadn’t been there': The group concept problem revisited. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 13 (4). pp. 300-313. ISSN 1052-9284. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Abstract: This article concerns the group concept problem in people labelled as having learning disabilities, described in a series of papers by Gibbons and colleagues (Gibbons, 1981, 1985a, 1985b; Gibbons Gibbons, 1980; Gibbons & Kassin, 1982). We argue that the interpretations of these studies are questionable, and alternative explanations for the patterns of results found are possible. Examples from a study in which people with the label talked about particular others who also have the label are presented. In these examples, the category was not represented as homogeneous, relationships with others were valued, and a desire for distance was only found when participants talked about people who behaved aggressively. The findings are discussed with reference to the social model of disability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: learning disabilities; mental retardation; group concept problem; stigma; social identity; group evaluations; social model of disability
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2008 04:38
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 11:13
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4255 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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