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Body image and self-esteem: What women with intellectual disabilities feel about their personal appearance

McCarthy, Michelle (2000) Body image and self-esteem: What women with intellectual disabilities feel about their personal appearance. In: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 44. p. 384. Blackwell (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2788.2000.d01-124.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Traditionally within the ‘women’s movement’ or ‘disability rights movement’, little attention has been paid to the way in which women with intellectual disabilities think and feel about their bodies. In the past, it has been suggested that one of the ‘blessings’ of having an intellectual disability is that individuals are free from pressures to conform to stereotyped images. The present paper challenges this notion: research with 17 women with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities in England demonstrated that the women are subject to strong influences to achieve certain norms and forms of femininity. The women’s views about their bodies, clothes

and weight are discussed. The implications of the research findings for providers of intellectual disability services are explored.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1046/j.1365-2788.2000.d01-124.x
Additional information: Meeting Abstract ''abstract 752''
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Michelle McCarthy
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2009 02:45 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/16368 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
McCarthy, Michelle: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1358-2516
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