Ableism and Body Image: Conceptualizing How Individuals Are Marginalized

in Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
Restricted access

Purchase article

USD $24.95

Student 1 year subscription

USD $41.00

1 year subscription

USD $54.00

Student 2 year subscription

USD $77.00

2 year subscription

USD $101.00

According to stigma theory, individuals with disabilities possess “discrediting attributes” that prevent them from meeting culturally constructed standards of beauty. An individual with a disability may find that his or her body is viewed as being somehow defective, deviant, or grotesque. Persons with disabilities feel that they are unable to achieve the societal ideal and that their masculinity or femininity may be questioned (Bucciere & Reel, 2009). As a result, individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities face a decreased sense of self worth, poor body image, and in some cases may be vulnerable to eating disorders.

Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
Article Metrics
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 50 50 21
Full Text Views 1 1 1
PDF Downloads 2 2 2
Altmetric Badge
PubMed
Google Scholar