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- Beyond Pathology Positive Psychology and Disability
- Understanding Disability A Strengths-Based Approach
- Positive Psychology and Disability A Historical Analysis
- The Impact of the Quality of Life Concept on the Field of Intellectual Disability
- Optimism Within the Context of Disability
- Social Well-Being and Friendship of People with Intellectual Disability
- Exercise, Leisure, and Well-Being for People with Disabilities
- Coping and Disability
- Adaptive Behavior
- Self-Determined Learning
- Understanding Hope in Individuals with Disabilities
- Family Perspectives on Child Intellectual Disability Views from the Sunny Side of the Street
- Resilience and Disability Concepts, Examples, Cautions, and Prospects
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Spirituality
- Career Development and Career Thoughts
- Self-Regulation and Disability
- Disability Studies/Disability Culture
- Positive Behavior Support Foundations, Systems, and Quality of Life
- Supports and Support Needs
- Supported Employment
- Family Quality of Life
- Aging with Disability
- A Positive Psychology of Physical Disability Principles and Progress
- Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities
- Severe Multiple Disabilities
- Positive Psychology and Children with Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties
- Positive Psychology and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Limitations to Positive Psychology Predicted by Subjective Well-Being Homeostasis
Abstract and Keywords
Research published over the past two decades has underscored the power of positivity, whether in the form of positive perceptions, optimism, positive coping, or even positive illusions. Such positive perspectives have been shown to be powerful influences on child rearing. This chapter focuses on family perspectives of disability, with an emphasis on the positive impact of raising such a child. The chapter presents the conceptual underpinning for studying positive impact, including related constructs such as optimism, as well as methodological considerations for understanding its interpretation, including three views of positive impact: (1) the low negative view, (2) the common benefits view, and (3) the special benefits view. In addition, findings are presented from a longitudinal study of parents of children with and without intellectual disability that support a theory of positivity as a key underpinning of resilience. The chapter also considers the application of this conceptualization of positive impact across cultures and disability types.
Jan Blacher, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Graduate School of Education at University of California Riverside.
Bruce L. Baker is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles.
Lauren D. Berkovitz is a graduate student of psychology, University of California, Los Angeles.
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