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Disability-Specific Hassles: The Effects of Oppression on People with Disabilities

by Robin Timm

This study explored the nature of disability-specific stressors encountered by people with disabilities (PWD), examined the relationship between these unique events and psychological well-being, and determined the role that disability identity plays in the experience of stress. People with disabilities encounter many stressors comparable to those experienced by other minority groups including stigma, prejudice, and discrimination (Olkin. 1999). However, well-researched measures of stressful events have poorly captured the types of unique stressors experienced by PWD (Thoits, 1991). Therefore, this study developed a new measure, the Disability-Specific Hassles Scale(DSHS) to aid in identifying stressors and examining their impact on psychological well-being.

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