A social psychological perspective of disability prejudice

Sarah J. Gervais

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The purpose of this chapter was to integrate social psychological theories of prejudice with considerations of disability laws to shed light on when people with disabilities will experience prejudice and the forms that disability prejudice may take. Drawing on Chapter 7 by M. Selmi (this volume) and Chapter 3 by P. Blanck (this volume), I examined the prejudices that people with disabilities may experience as a result of the degree and type of their disability. First, I considered models of person perception and suggested that the degree and type of disability may influence whether people with disabilities experience prejudice in the first place. Second, I examined models of intergroup prejudice and suggested that the degree and type of disability may result in predictable types of prejudice. Implications for future research are discussed throughout.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDisability and Aging Discrimination
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives in Law and Psychology
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781441962928
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • American Disabilities Act
  • Disability
  • Discrimination
  • Legal
  • Prejudice
  • Stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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