Racial identity and African Americans with disabilities: Theoretical and practical considerations

Reginald J Alston, Tyronn J. Bell, Sonja Feist-Price

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Knowledge about the psychological construct of racial identity is valuable for any rehabilitation professional who wishes to understand African American people, particularly African Americans with disabilities. The purpose of this article is to examine the implications of Cross' model of racial identity development for African Americans with disabilities. A brief historical perspective on racial identity theory and an exploration of the interplay between disability and racial identity will be offered. Lastly, implications for rehabilitation counseling practice and research will be provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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