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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.


Following a holistic perspective, this chapter will provide the reader a deeper understanding of what a disability is and how individuals are affected by disabilities. In this time of political correctness, this chapter will also provide the reader with insight into the social etiquette one should consider when discussing issues pertaining to individuals with disabilities and when in the presence of individuals with disabilities.

Why is it important to understand and study disability as a separate topic from other areas of psychology? The answer lies in the variety of unique life experiences held by individuals with disabilities and the role disability plays in different cultures. Current estimates indicate that approximately 54 million Americans have a disability, making individuals with disabilities one of the largest minority ...

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