Developmental Social Work for Promoting the Socioeconomic Participation of Persons with Disabilities: An Application of the Capability Approach

Masateru Higashida

Abstract


The promotion of the socioeconomic participation of persons with disabilities is an important concept of developmental social work in community-based rehabilitation (CBR). This approach can be used to tackle poverty and inequalities, and to foster inclusion and empowerment. However, since discussions in the literature on common frameworks for developmental social workers in CBR appear inadequate, this review article aims to develop a practical framework that promotes the socioeconomic participation of persons with disabilities by applying the capability approach. First, the concept of socioeconomic participation and some of its dimensions are discussed and analytically framed using the capability approach. Following this, the practical framework for developmental social work is laid out. It is suggested that developmental social workers consider the complex dynamics between capabilities, functionings, resources, conversion factors, and other factors, with an emphasis on the social dimensions of practice. Thereafter, some theoretical and practical challenges and recommendations are identified.


Keywords


Human development; developmental social work; social investment; community-based rehabilitation; capabilities

Full Text:

PDF

References


Akimoto T (2017). The globalization of western-rooted professional social work and exploration of Buddhist social work. In J. Gohori,ed., From western-rooted professional social work to Buddhist social work: Exploring Buddhist social work, Tokyo: Gakubunsha: 1–41.

Beaudry J (2016). Beyond (models of) disability?. The Journal of Medicine & Philosophy; 41(2): 210–228. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmp/jhv063

Braber C (2013). The introduction of the capability approach in social work across a neo-liberal Europe. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory & Practice; 22(4): 61–77.

Brunner R (2015). Disability and justice: the capabilities approach in practice. Disability & Society; 30(2): 310–312. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2014.984931

Burchardt T (2004). Capabilities and disability: the capabilities framework and the social model of disability. Disability & Society; 19(7): 735–751. https://doi.org/10.1080/0968759042000284213

Carney T (2014). Clarifying, operationalising, and evaluating supported decision making models. Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; 1(1): 46–50. https://doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2014.902727

Chang F, Coster W, Helfrich C (2013). Community participation measures for people with disabilities: a systematic review of content from an international classification of functioning, disability and health perspective. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; 94(4): 771–781. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2012.10.031

Cornwall A (2008). Unpacking ‘Participation’: models, meanings and practices. Community Development Journal; 43(3): 269–283. https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsn010

Cornwall A, Brock K (2005). What do buzzwords do for development policy? A critical look at ‘participation’, ‘empowerment’ and ‘poverty reduction’. Third World Quarterly; 26(7): 1043–1060. https://doi.org/10.1080/01436590500235603

Coulter A (1999). Paternalism or partnership?: patients have grown up—and there’s no going back. BMJ: British Medical Journal; 319(7212): 719–720. PMCID: PMC1116580. PMID: 10487980

DeJong G (1979). Independent living: from social movement to analytic paradigm. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; 60(10): 435–446.

Dubois J, Trani J (2009). Extending the capability paradigm to address the complexity of disability. ALTER-European Journal of Disability Research/Revue Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap; 3(3): 192–218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alter.2009.04.003

Elliott D, Mayadas N (2001). Psychosocial approaches, social work and social development. Social Development Issues; 23(1): 5–13.

Eyssen I, Steultjens M, Dekker J, Terwee C (2011). A systematic review of instruments assessing participation: challenges in defining participation. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; 92(6): 983–997. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2011.01.006

Friedman B, Allen K (2011). Systems theory. In: J. Brandell, ed., Theory & Practice in Clinical Social Work; 2: 3–20.

Gray M (2006). The progress of social development in South Africa. International Journal of Social Welfare; 15(s1): S53–S64. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2006.00445.x

Helander E, Mendis P, Nelson G (1983). Training disabled people in the community: a manual on community-based rehabilitation for developing countries. Geneva: WHO.

Higashida M (2017). Integration of developmental social work with community-based rehabilitation: implications for professional practice. Journal of International Health; 32(4): 271–279. https://doi.org/10.11197/jaih.32.271

Hugman R (2016). Social development in social work: practices and principles. Oxon: Routledge.

International Labour Organisation, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, World Health Organisation (2004). CBR: A strategy for rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities, poverty reduction and social inclusion of people with disabilities: joint position paper. Geneva: WHO.

International Federation of Social Workers (2014). Global definition of social work. [online]. Available at http://ifsw.org/get-involved/global-definition-of-social-work [Accessed 5 Apr. 2017]

Jones D, Truell R (2012). The global agenda for social work and social development: a place to link together and be effective in a globalized world. International Social Work; 55(4): 454–472. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872812440587

Klasing I (2007). Disability and social exclusion in rural India. New Delhi: Rawat Publication.

Knapp J, Midgley J (2010). Developmental social work and people with disabilities. In: J. Midgley and A. Conley, eds., Social work and social development: theories and skills for developmental social work. New York: Oxford University Press: 87–104.

Kuno K (2012). Concepts around disability and disabled people. In: L Carr, P Darke and K Kuno, eds., Disability equality training: action for change. MPH Group: Selangor: 103–170.

Lashewicz B, Mitchell J, Salami E, Cheuk S (2014). Understanding and addressing voices of adults with disabilities within their family caregiving contexts: implications for capacity, decision-making and guardianship. Toronto: Law Commission of Ontario.

Levitt J (2017). Developing a model of disability that focuses on the actions of disabled people. Disability & Society; 32(5): 735–747. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2017.1324764

Lightfoot E (2004). Community-based rehabilitation: a rapidly growing method for supporting people with disabilities. International Social Work; 47(4): 455–468. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872804046253

Lombard A (2015). Global agenda for social work and social development: a path toward sustainable social work. Social Work; 51(4): 482–499. http://dx.doi.org/51-3-462

Marks D (1997). Models of disability. Disability & Rehabilitation; 19(3): 85–91. https://doi.org/10.3109/09638289709166831

Midgley J (1995). Social development: the developmental perspective in social welfare. London: Sage.

Midgley J (2010). The theory and practice of developmental social work. In: J. Midgley and A. Conley, eds., Social work and social development: theories and skills for developmental social work. New York: Oxford University Press, 3–29.

Midgley J (2017a). Social welfare for a Global era: international perspectives on policy and practice. California: SAGE.

Midgley J (2017b). Introduction. In: J. Midgley, E. Dahl, and A. Wright, eds., Social investment and social welfare. Edward Elgar Publishing, 13–32.

Midgley J, Hall A, Hardiman M, Narine D (1986). Community participation, social development and the state. London: Methuen.

Midgley J, Conley A (2010). Limitations and prospects of developmental social work. In: J. Midgley and A. Conley, eds., Social work and social development: theories and skills for developmental social work. New York: Oxford University Press, 193–204.

Mitchell P, Roberts T, Barton P, Coast J (2017). Applications of the capability approach in the health field: a literature review. Social Indicators Research; 133(1): 345–371. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11205-016-1356-8

Mitra S (2006). The capability approach and disability. Journal of Disability Policy Studies; 16(4): 236–247. https://doi.org/10.1177/10442073060160040501

Mitra S (2014). Reconciling the capability approach and the ICF: a response. ALTER-European Journal of Disability Research/Revue Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap; 1(8): 24–29.

Mitra S (2017). Disability, health and human development. New York: Springer.

Morris C (2009). Measuring participation in childhood disability: how does the capability approach improve our understanding?. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology; 51(2): 92–94. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8749.2008.03248.x

Mousavi T (2015). The role of community-based rehabilitation in poverty reduction. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development; 26(1): 125–139. https://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v26i1.268

Myrdal G (1970). The challenge of world poverty: a world anti-poverty programme in outline. London: Allen Lane Penguin Press.

Noguchi J (2006). The science review article: an opportune genre in the construction of science (Vol. 17). Bern: Peter Lang.

Nussbaum M (2001). Women and human development: the capabilities approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Oliver M, Barnes C (1998). Disabled people and social policy: from exclusion to inclusion. Addison Wesley Longman.

Patel L (2005). Social welfare and social development in South Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Patel L, Hochfeld T (2013). Developmental social work in South Africa: translating policy into practice. International Social Work; 56(5): 690–704. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872812444481

Pelenc J, Lompo M, Ballet J, Dubois J (2013). Sustainable human development and the capability approach: integrating environment, responsibility and collective agency. Journal of Human Development & Capabilities; 14(1): 77–94. https://doi.org/10.1080/19452829.2012.747491

Perenboom R, Chorus A (2003). Measuring participation according to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Disability & Rehabilitation; 25(11–12): 577–587. https://doi.org/10.1080/0963828031000137081

Persson C (2017). Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) in Uganda: a role for social work? In: M. Gray, eds., The handbook of social work and social development in Africa. Oxon: Routledge, 156–167.

Robeyns I (2005). The capability approach: a theoretical survey. Journal of Human Development; 6(1): 93–117. https://doi.org/10.1080/146498805200034266

Saleeby P (2007). Applications of a capability approach to disability and the international classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF) in social work practice. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation; 6(1-2): 217–232. https://doi.org/10.1300/J198v06n01_12

Schneidert M, Hurst R, Miller J, Üstün B (2003). The role of environment in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Disability & Rehabilitation; 25(11–12): 588–595. https://doi.org/10.1080/0963828031000137090

Sen A (1992). Inequality reexamined. Cambridge: Harvard University Press: 56, 111–112.

Sen A (1999). Development as freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 19, 75.

Sen A (2005). Human rights and capabilities. Journal of Human Development; 6(2): 151–166. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649880500120491

Terzi L (2005). A capability perspective on impairment, disability and special needs: towards social justice in education. School Field; 3(2): 197–223. https://doi.org/10.1177/1477878505053301

Trani J, Bakhshi P, Bellanca N, Biggeri M, Marchetta F (2011). Disabilities through the capability approach lens: implications for public policies. ALTER-European Journal of Disability Research/Revue Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap; 5(3): 143–157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alter.2011.04.001

Turner J, Oakes P, Haslam S, McGarty C (1994). Self and collective: cognition and social context. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin; 20(5): 454–463. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167294205002

United Nations (2001). Pathfinders: towards full participation and equality of persons with disabilities in the ESCAP region: social policy paper No. 2. Bangkok: United Nations.

United Nations (2004). The international year of disabled persons 1981, [online] Available at http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/disiydp.htm [Accessed 27 Nov. 2017]

United Nations (2006). Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. New York: United Nations.

United Nations (2015). Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, [online] Available at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org [Accessed 27 Nov. 2017]

Van Breda A (2015). Developmental social case work: a process model. Journal of International Social Work; 18(3): 322–337. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872815603786

Veal D, King J, Marston G (2016). Enhancing the social dimension of development: interconnecting the capability approach and applied knowledge of social workers. International Social Work; 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872816651703

Verdonschot M, De Witte L, Reichrath E, Buntinx W, Curfs L (2009a). Community participation of people with an intellectual disability: a review of empirical findings. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research; 53(4): 303–318. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01144.x

Verdonschot M, De Witte L, Reichrath E, Buntinx W, Curfs L (2009b). Impact of environmental factors on community participation of persons with an intellectual disability: a systematic review. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research; 53(1): 54–64. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01128.x

World Health Organisation (1980). International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities, and Handicaps. Geneva: WHO.

World Health Organisation (2001). International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Geneva: WHO: 14.

World Health Organisation (2003). International Consultation to Review Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR): Helinski 25–28 May 2003. Geneva: WHO: 3.

World Health Organisation (2013). How to use the ICF: a practical manual for using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Exposure draft for comment. Geneva: WHO: 4, 37.

World Health Organisation, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, International Labour Organisation, International Disability and Development Consortium (2010). Community-based rehabilitation: CBR guidelines. Geneva: WHO.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v1i2.716



Copyright (c) 2018

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Supported by:

netherlandsleprosyrelief_logo_rgb_-_new_logo_2014_120CBMlightfortheworld_logo_rgb_-_new_logo_2014_120     

© Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development