Disrupting normal: narratives of inclusion in mental health and aging.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kenneth A. Burrow (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Janice Wassel

Abstract: Throughout our nation’s history, people who were older, mentally ill and developmentally disabled have been cared for in various types of settings. The nature and intensity of care has steadily evolved, from the almshouses of the eighteenth century to the poorhouses and county homes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and finally, to modern assisted living communities of the present day. In the late 1950s, my family entered the system of congregate care when my parents became the superintendents of the county home in Asheboro, North Carolina. All through my childhood I was entrenched in a world where we lived in the county home with the individuals who, for various reasons, had no other place to call home. While we did not realize it at the time, we were establishing an environment where abnormal did not exist, one in which people could live without the fear of being judged for being “different.” In addition to conveying the history of poorhouses and county homes, this study explores and puts into words the relationships I had with specific individuals while growing up in the county home.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2009
Aging, Different, Lobotomy, Mental health, Normal
Group homes $z North Carolina $z Asheboro $x History.
Difference (Psychology) $x Social aspects.
Institutional care.
Group homes for people with disabilities.
Group homes for children.
Group homes for the developmentally disabled.
Group homes for people with mental disabilities.
Public welfare.
Congregate housing.
Social integration.

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