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date: 23 February 2019

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The disability and psychology fields have undergone significant changes since the latter part of the 20th century. Within psychology, positive psychology has emerged as an alternate paradigm through which to understand the complete human condition. Within disability, person-environment fit and social-ecological models have influenced conceptualizations of disability. This chapter analyzes the historical trends in psychology and disability that have led to the emergence of these paradigms, analyzes the impacts that these shifts have had on literature in each field, and explores implications for future research, policy, and practice.

Keywords: positive psychology, social-ecological, disability, supports

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