Counseling people with disabilities

Elias Mpofu, Grace Ukasoanya, Anniah Mupawose, Debra A. Harley, John Charema, Kayi Ntinda

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The counseling needs of people with disabilities in African settings have received relatively little attention in the published literature, despite the fact that a majority of Africans, or their families, experience disability in their lifetimes. The disabilities arise mostly from avoidable causes such as inadequate health care systems, civil strife, marginal or failing national economies, and lack of enforcement of disability rights by national governments. This chapter addresses conceptions of disability from an African cultural heritage perspective and counseling interventions to address disability-related needs in those settings. Legal and professional issues that influence the availability of psychosocial services to people with disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa are considered. Counseling enhances health and quality of life in people of African descent with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCounseling People of African Ancestry
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780511977350
ISBN (Print)9780521887229
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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