Chapter

22 Disabilities and Development

Developmental Psychology

VI. APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN

  1. Penny Hauser-Cram1,
  2. Amanda M. Cannarella2,
  3. Miriam Tillinger3,
  4. Ashley C. Woodman4

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop206022

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Hauser-Cram, P., Cannarella, A. M., Tillinger, M. and Woodman, A. C. 2012. Disabilities and Development . Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 6:VI:22.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Boston College Lynch School of Education, Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA

  2. 2

    Boston College, Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA

  3. 3

    Boston College Lynch School of Education, Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA

  4. 4

    Boston College, Lynch School of Education, Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

Abstract

This chapter first provides a brief historical perspective on disabilities, followed by a discussion of contemporary issues regarding definitions and classification schemes. We include an examination of cultural views on disabilities, as such perspectives provide a wide-ranging understanding of the etiology of disabilities and the use of the term “typical.” We next consider theoretical models and empirical evidence emerging from current research on children with developmental disabilities within the network of family relationships. Because parents of children with disabilities often face unique challenges, we consider the processes of resilience in parental adaptation and the role of positive emotions in parental well-being. We conclude with a section on future research in which we provide suggestions for expanding the perspective on families of children with disabilities. Finally, we propose that several of the scientific endeavors undertaken to understand development in those with disabilities are poised to inform critical issues in developmental science.

Keywords:

  • disabilities;
  • family systems;
  • siblings;
  • parent-child relationship;
  • resilience