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Disability Identity Formation and Affirmation: The Experiences of Persons with Severe Mental Illness

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This article examines the pervasive nature and extent of the debilitating sense of shame associated with disability. It then explores the emergence of disability identity, pride, and culture to challenge such shame—illustrated in personal narrative accounts of the individual and collective journeys of people coping with severe mental illness.

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Onken, S.J., Slaten, E. Disability Identity Formation and Affirmation: The Experiences of Persons with Severe Mental Illness. Sociological Practice 2, 99–111 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1010136801075

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  • disability
  • identity formation
  • identity affirmation
  • mental illness