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The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability, 6th Edition

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  • Irmo Marini PhD, DSc, CRC, CLCP
  • Mark A. Stebnicki PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, CCMC

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This edition...adds an important international perspective on illness and disability. The personal narratives help bring the real world of people who are suffering to the forefront of the scientific discourse."--Doody's Medical Reviews

Now in its sixth edition, this best-selling textbook continues to be the most comprehensive and diverse text available on the psychosocial aspects of disability. It examines current thought and treatment approaches to working with individuals with disabilities through the contributions of expert thinkers and practitioners in the disability field. Abundant and insightful narratives by disabled individuals offer a bridge between theory and practice for students in rehabilitation psychology and counseling courses.

In addition to completely updated and reorganized material, this edition contains insightful new section introductions, empirically based research articles, and the contributions of international researchers presenting a more global and richer perspective on the psychosocial aspects of disability and illness. It also contains an increased focus on the negative impact of societal attitudes and treatment of disabled individuals on their psychological adjustment to disability. The addition of objectives at the beginning of each chapter and review questions and personal perspectives at the end of each chapter further facilitate in-depth learning.

Key Features:

  • Presents the most comprehensive and diverse coverage of psychosocial aspects of disability topics of any textbook available
  • Examines contemporary thinking and treatment approaches in working with individuals with disabilities
  • Provides a bridge between theory and practice through the narratives of individuals with disabilities
  • Establishes a historical understanding of societal attitudes toward disability and treatment past and present of persons with disabilities
  • Analyzes barriers to enabling persons with disabilities and improving social consciousness and quality of life for this population
  • Facilitates course planning through inclusion of objectives and review questions/personal perspectives in each chapter

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 24, 2012
  • Page Count 568
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826106551
  • EISBN 9780826106568

About The Author(s) 

Irmo Marini, PhD, CRC, CLCP, is Professor in the School of Rehabilitation at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. He obtained his PhD in Rehabilitation from Auburn University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. He is a 2009 recipient of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s distinguished career award in rehabilitation education, and 2010 recipient of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association’s James F. Garrett distinguished career award in rehabilitation research. In 2012, Dr. Marini was bestowed with an honorary doctorate of science (honoris causa) from his alma mater Lakehead University, and was the recipient of the 2013 National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s educator of the year award. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Patricia McCollom distinguished career award in life care planning research. He is the co-author and coeditor of seven books, over 40 book chapters, and more than 80 refereed journal publications. He is the former Chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, and former President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association.

Mark A. Stebnicki, PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, CCMC is a Professor and Coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling Certificate Program he developed in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Services at East Carolina University. He holds a doctoral (Ph.D.) and master’s (M.S.) degree in rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Stebnicki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina and holds three national certifications; Diplomate in Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS) in Trauma Counseling through the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA); Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC); Certified Case Manager (CCM); and a Certified Clinical Military Counselor (CCMC). In 2016, Dr. Stebnicki developed a military counseling training program for the state of North Carolina. The credential, The Certified Clinical Military Counselor (CCMC), trains professional counselors to work with the medical, psychosocial, vocational, and mental health needs of active duty personnel, veterans, and family members.

Dr. Stebnicki is also certified by the Washington, D.C.-based crisis response team National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and North Carolina’s American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health crisis team. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, researcher, and practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working with the mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation needs of persons that have traumatic stress, chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Dr. Stebnicki has written seven books (4 edited books with Dr. Irmo Marini) most recently The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability (7th ed.) (2017, Springer Publishing) and The Professional Counselors’ Desk Reference (2016, Springer Publishing); and four single-author books, most recently Disaster Mental Health Counseling: Responding to Trauma in a Multicultural Context (2017, Springer Publishing); Empathy Fatigue: Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors (2008, Springer Publishing). He has over 28 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at over 100 regional, state, and national conferences, seminars, and workshops, on topics ranging from youth violence, traumatic stress, empathy fatigue, and the psychosocial aspects of adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Dr. Stebnicki has served on multiple professional counseling and accreditation boards. He served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, AR (March 24, 1998) and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. His youth violence program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation (IEPP) Program, was awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation for its vision and excellence in the area of youth violence prevention. Other accolades include consulting with former President Bill Clinton’s staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (April 20, 1999).

Table of Contents 

Arthur E. Dell Orto

Part I. Historical Perspectives on Illness and Disability

  1. History Of Treatment Toward Persons With Disabilities In America
    Danielle D. Fox and Irmo Marini
  2. On the Origins of Negative Attitudes toward Disability
    Hanock Livneh
  3. History of Treatment toward Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities
    Kim Nguyen –Finn
  4. Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities in the Era of Disability Rights
    Richard L. Beaulaurier, Samuel H. Taylor
  5. Models of Disability: Implications for the Counseling Profession
    Julie F. Smart, David W. Smart
  6. Changing Attitudes Towards Persons with Disability
    Beatrice Wright
    Personal Perspective: Coping with A Journey Toward Recovery (+ discussion)
    Dale Walsh

Part II. The Personal Impact of Disability

  1. Psychological Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability: A Primer for Counselors
    Hanoch Livneh, Richard F. Antonak
  2. Objective Self-Awareness and Stigma: Implications for Persons with Visible Disabilities
    Andrew A. Phemister
  3. Psychosocial Issues of Women with Physical Disabilities: The Continuing Gender Debate
    Margaret Nosek
  4. Male and Female Sexuality and Spinal Cord Injury: Counseling Implications
    Eva Miller, Irmo Marini
  5. Cross-Cultural Counseling Issues of Males Who Sustain a Disability
    Irmo Marini
  6. Psychiatric and Psychological Issues In Survivors Of Major Disasters
    Carol S. North, Alina M. Suris
  7. Quality of Life and Psychosocial Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Acquired Disability: A Conceptual and Theoretical Synthesis.

Malachy Bishop
Personal Perspective: Using Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Techniques to Cope with Disability
Albert Ellis

Part III Family Issues in Illness & Disability

  1. My Child is Not My Carer: Mothers with Physical Disabilities and the Well Being of Children
    Ora Prilleltensky
  2. Parenting a Child With a Chronic Medical Condition
    Jane Case-Smith
  3. A Case Study of a Couple Living with AIDS
    Lydia P. Buki, Lori Kogan, Bethanne Keen, Patti Uman
  4. Parental Illness, Family Functioning, and Adolescent Well Being: A Family Ecology Framework to Guide Research
    Sara Pedersen, Tracey A. Revenson,
  5. My Life with Muscular Dystrophy: Lessons and Opportunities
    Robert P. Winske

Personal Perspective: Life's Lessons Taught Me by My Disability
Alfred H. DeGraf
Part IV Interventions and Resources

  1. Substance Abuse Counseling
    Chuck Reid, Maria Barrera
  2. Working with Trauma-Related Mental Health Problems Among Combat Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts
    Jamylah Jackson, Lisa Thoman, Alina M. Suris, Carol S. North
  3. Users of Assistive Technology: The Human Component
    Martin G. Brodwin, Francis W. Sui
  4. Dance of Disability and Spirituality
    Boswell, Glacoff, Hamer, McChesney, Knight
  5. Rehabilitation Professionals and Abuse of Women Consumers

Martin G. Brodwin, Francis W. Sui

Personal Perspective: Recovery and the Rehabilitation Process: A Personal


James T. Herbert

Part V New Directions: Issues and Perspectives

  1. Positive Psychology, Wellness, and Posttraumatic Growth Implications for Rehabilitation Counselor Education
    Irmo Marini, Mitka Chacon
  2. Successful Aging:" A Disability Perspective
    Meredith Minkler, Pamela Fade
  3. An International Conceptualization of Disability: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, & Health
    David B. Peterson
  4. Psychosocial Impact of Empathy Fatigue on Professional Helpers
    Mark Stebnicki
  5. Obesity as a Disability: Medical, Psychosocial, and Vocational Implications
    Maria G. Romero, Irmo Marini
  6. Eugenics, Euthanasia, and Physician-Assisted Suicide: An Overview for Rehabilitation Professionals
    Steve Zanskas, Wendy Coduti
  7. Mental Health Preparedness for Terrorist Incidents
    Carol North, Alina Suris
  8. Key Concepts and Techniques for an Aging Workforce
    Susanne M. Bruyere, Debra A. Harley, Charlene M. Kampfe, John S. Wadsworth
  9. Reflections and Considerations
    Irmo Marini, Mark Stebnicki

Appendix A: Perspective Exercises
Introduction to Appendix A: Perspective Exercises

- Common Pain, Mutual Support

- Who Needs This Kind of Help?

- Is the Person With a Disability More Important Than the Family?

- Enough Is Enough

- Fragile: Handle with Care

- I Am in Love With a Stranger"

Appendix B: Personal Perspectives

Introduction to Appendix B: Personal Perspectives

Chris and His Mother: Hope and Home
Chris Moy

Karen--My Daughter Forever
Linda Stacey

Living in Spite of Multiple Sclerosis
Tosca Appel

Surviving ALS: A Daughter's Perspective
Judy Teplow

My Life With a Disability
Paul Egan

For Better or For Worse: David
David Collins

Experiencing Sexuality as an Adolescent with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Robert J. Neumann