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Overprotection and lowered expectations of persons with disabilities: The unforeseen consequences

Lowered expectations and overprotection of the individual with a disability can cause lowered self esteem which can result in a life time of underachievement and failure to reach their full potential. Both lowered expectations and overprotection are forms of discrimination. Internalization of discrimination causes the person with a disability to believe that they are less capable than a person without a disability. Parents and care providers of children with disabilities may overprotect the child to shield them from harm; however this can actually cause more damage. Successful parenting skills are required to help children and adolescents develop a positive self concept and high self esteem. Guidelines have been developed to assist parents, educators and other professionals regarding the effects of overprotection and lowered expectations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation IOS Press

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