Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: May 28, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963930 | Print ISBN: 9781412941655 | Online ISBN: 9781412963930| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Garry L. Rolison
Whether one is talking about the latest actor, politician, or average person, the term rehabilitation is likely to pop up in casual conversation. This is testimony to how quickly the term has entered the pop culture lexicon. Partially because of this, it is difficult to disentangle the different meanings associated with it. After all, everyone has a feeling that rehabilitation cures something. That “something,” however, can range from substance addiction to any number of social problems. This variation occurs in the social scientific community as well, partly because of the link between rehabilitation and disability as social constructs. Like rehabilitation, disability has several definitions. For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act defines disability as difficulty in performing expected tasks. Using that definition, disability affects 12.6 percent of all working-age adults in the United States. Additionally, the number of days with some role impairment varies by condition. Seven of the Despite ...