Revisiting a Constructive Classic: Wright's Physical Disability: A Psychosocial Approach. Academic Article uri icon


  • Beatrice A. Wright's (1960) classic book, Physical Disability: A Psychological Approach is a landmark publication in rehabilitation psychology. The authors believe that Division 22's forthcoming 50th anniversary, the results of a recent survey on essential readings in rehabilitation psychology, and a public critique concerning the relevance of individuating language in psychology are compelling reasons for revisiting the influence of Physical Disability. After discussing these catalysts, the authors review the book's history, scholarly impact, and link to positive disciplinary directions. The authors conclude by encouraging rehabilitation psychologists and other members of the discipline to (re)acquaint themselves with this important book and the timeless concepts it espouses.

published proceedings

  • Rehabil Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Dunn, D. S., & Elliott, T. R.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Dunn, Dana S||Elliott, Timothy R

publication date

  • May 2005