Invalidation: A central process underlying maltreatment of women with disabilities

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    24 Scopus citations


    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)


    Dive into the research topics of 'Invalidation: A central process underlying maltreatment of women with disabilities'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this