Negotiating Psycho-emotional Dimensions of Disability and their Influence on Identity Constructions

  title={Negotiating Psycho-emotional Dimensions of Disability and their Influence on Identity Constructions},
  author={Donna Reeve},
  journal={Disability \& Society},
  pages={493 - 508}
  • D. Reeve
  • Published 1 August 2002
  • Psychology, Philosophy
  • Disability & Society
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