Academic journal article Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology

PsychoSocial Dynamics of Blind Students

Academic journal article Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology

PsychoSocial Dynamics of Blind Students

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Ranjita Dawn (2011). PsychoSocial Dynamics of Blind Students, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp. xxiv +304, Rs.520/-Visually

challenged children are taken care of by engaging them with psycho-social activities. This book is a welcome addition to the existing literature in the field of study. The book aims at assessing and analysing if the type of educational placement (integrated and non-integrated) produced any significant influence and differences among adolescent blind and sighted students in respect of their self-esteem, adjustment, and academic achievement. The interaction pattern and self-perception of blind students at school has been looked into from the social constructivist perspective of disability to analyse if experiences of schooling for children with disability are mediated through school practices and processes rather than physical impairment itself.

This work has been undertaken by the author with the view to create an awareness about people with disabilities and raises certain pertinent questions concerning perception of build individuals about themselves and those of the 'significant others'. The significant effects of disability condition and school setting on self-esteem, adjustment, and academic achievement were hypothesized. The two main effects were expected to have a significant interaction. It was also hypothesized that academic achievement will have significant correlation with self-esteem and adjustment.

In order to conduct the study, the author has chosen the sample that consisted of four groups of blind students in integrated schools, blind students in non-integrated schools, sighted students in integrated schools, and sighted students in non-integrated schools. …

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