Friday, October 26, 2012

Study on Physical Disability and Identities of Resistance

Stacey L. Coffman-Rosen writes:

"Dear friends,

I apologize in advance for cross-posting.

I am a doctoral candidate in Human Development at Fielding Graduate University located in Santa Barbra, California. I am conducting an IRB approved study for which I am seeking participants.

I wish to interview women between the ages of 18-50 who meet the following criteria:

(1) have a visible physical impairment; (2) self identify as disabled; (3) consider disability an important part of their identity or self concept; and (4) were diagnosed with a physical impairment by the age of 6.

This research focuses on how women with physical impairments develop positive identities that incorporate disability. The purpose of this exploratory qualitative research study is to examine the narratives and life stories of women with visible physical impairments who self-identify as disabled and demonstrate identities of resistance. This research may impact the process and understanding of social identity development in the lives of women with physical disability. Through narrative inquiry (life stories), disabled women’s voices will be heard in both their complexity and discursiveness. These voices are not the passive stereotypes of disability, but an emerging resistance that may potentially revolutionize how women with disabilities feel about their lives, bodies, and ultimately, themselves. I hope that the knowledge shared by participants will help advance knowledge in disability studies and influence the practice of psychologists, and other paraprofessionals in mental health.

Participants will answer questions related to their current conceptualization of disability and the role of intersecting social identities in the creation and maintenance of identity and self-concept. Participants will be asked to describe positive and negative aspects of living with impairment/disability. Participants will identify situations where they have agency and autonomy.

Interviews (which should not take longer than 2 hours) can be conducted in person (I can travel to you if you are located in the Central Florida/Greater Orlando area), by telephone, or by Skype/webcam. Participant language and communication styles will be accommodated. I would be happy to provide a copy of the interview questions and the informed consent form (ICF) in advance of the interview.

If you fit the study criteria and would be willing to continue directly to the survey, please click on this link:

The survey is short (15 questions) and contains more information about the study and an informed consent.

If you would like more information about this research, please contact me at the email address I will send you more information about the study, including the informed consent (IFC) and the interview questions. The interviews have been running between one to one and a half hours.

Thank you in advance for your time and attention to this posting."

Stacey L. Coffman-Rosen, Doctoral Candidate
Human Development
School of Human and Organizational Development
Fielding Graduate University
356 Copperstone Circle
Casselberry, FL 32707
(407) 699-1491

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