Invalidation: A central process underlying maltreatment of women with disabilities

Dena Hassouneh-Phillips, Elizabeth McNeff, Laurie Powers, Mary Ann Curry

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Recent qualitative studies indicate that maltreatment of women with disabilities by health care providers is a serious quality of care issue. To begin to address this problem, we conducted a secondary analysis of data derived from three qualitative studies of abuse of women with disabilities. Findings identified Invalidation as a central process underlying maltreatment. Invalidation was characterized by health care providers Taking Over care, Discounting, Objectifying, and Hurting women with disabilities during health care encounters. These findings highlight the need to educate health care providers about social and interpersonal aspects of disability and address the problem of Invalidation in health care settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-50
Number of pages18
JournalWomen and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005


  • Health care quality
  • Maltreatment
  • Qualitative
  • Women with disabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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