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Sociology Colloquium, 2/23/2022

Physical Disability Over the Life Course: Implications for Well-Being and Social Integration

Dr. Deborah Carr, Director of the Center for Innovation in Social Science, Boston University

Rates of physical disability in the United States and worldwide are increasing steadily, due in part to population aging. Disability can take a powerful social and emotional toll; persons with disability face stigmatization and are subject to daily microaggressions, especially in wealthy capitalist nations that place a high value on “able-bodied” workers. It is unclear precisely what forms this stigmatization takes, whether its impacts vary over the life course, and whether disability intersects with other social identities such as sex, occupational status, and race. This presentation uses data from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) to examine the impacts of physical disability on experiences of institutional and interpersonal discrimination, quality of work experiences, and mental health. Implications for social, health, and workplace policies are highlighted.

February 23, 2022
Wednesday, 12–1:30pm
Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 950 3539 7363
Passcode: 706091

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