The Construction of Life Trajectories: Reflections, Research and Resolutions for Young People with Behavioural Disabilities

  • Tania Watson


  • This chapter draws upon my maternal experience of parenting children with behavioural disability and the experience of other families who engaged with me as part of my PhD research.

  • Despite the development of neurological explanations for many psychological and behavioural differences, for children diagnosed with disabilities which impact on behaviour and their families, blame rather than understanding persists.

  • Societal discourses are shown to be disavowing of personal and familial dignity and productive of deficit life pathways, tendencies which have intensified within the contemporary culture of neo-liberal individualism.

  • This chapter challenges the practice of holding children and young people accountable for the behavioural effects of a disability and claims such practices amount to acts of discrimination.


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  • Tania Watson
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  1. 1.The University of Newcastle upon TyneNewcastleUK

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