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Disability paradox: i disabili e la felicità
Journal Title: SALUTE E SOCIETÀ 
Author/s: Mauro Niero 
Year:  2005 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  15 FullText PDF:  47 KB

The disability paradox means that people that should be sick feel good. Often people with disabilities are very satisfatied with their lifes and consider their own conditions as fairly good, coerently Quality of Life indexes results in high rates. After an analysis of the main approches on the topic (equilibrium model; expectations- gap model; coping model; illness behavior model), Niero suggests, quoting classical scholars (Levine, Mechanic ecc.), that, in many cases, disability is considered as a part of the identity of a person that can be a fruitful one. To put it with Stephen Hawking words: [thanks to my wife, children, and collagues] disability has never been a serious handicap. Now I am very happy. Niero suggests that probably the paradox is not a real paradox.

Mauro Niero, in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" 1/2005, pp. , DOI:


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