Childhood Disability and the Family

  • Milton Seligman
Part of the Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)


The way that families adjust to a disabled family member has been studied since the late 1950s, with most research occurring from the mid-1970s to the present. In the early literature, family members were thought to be devastated by childhood disability. Children were often referred to as “defective,” a term implying severe and immutable deficiencies that caused profound distress to the family system. Based on research and on reports from family members, a contemporary, more accurate view is that children with disabilities and their families basically function well.


Cystic Fibrosis Retarded Child Childhood Disability Blind Child Family System Theory 
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  • Milton Seligman
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  1. 1.Department of Psychology in EducationUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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