Analyzing the Cultural and Structural Barriers Faced by the Disabled Using the Thompson Personal Cultural Structural Model

1166 Words Feb 2nd, 2018 5 Pages
The Thompson "Personal Cultural Structural" (PCS) model offers a framework for analyzing and assessing the variables associated with specific types of discrimination. Personal, cultural, and structural variables interact with, and often reinforce one another to create barriers to equality for individuals with disabilities.
Personal variables are those that relate to an individual's perceptions of disabilities and disabled persons. These perceptions create global attitudes impacting a person's beliefs, values, and attitudes towards both physical and mental disabilities. Attitudinal variables are generally personal in nature, but are often reinforced by cultural variables. These are in turn legitimized by structural variables. For example, believing that persons with disabilities are incapable of working might be reinforced by a lack of images in the media depicting persons with disabilities in places of employment. Actual workplace environments are not designed to support persons with disabilities, and employers fail to find ways of changing their human resources policies to embrace candidates with disabilities. As a result, structural variables prevent disabled persons from working. The absence of disabled persons in the workplace reinforces the individual-level beliefs and attitudes that persons with disabilities are unable to work alongside their…
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