Analysis and Implications on Recent Research Articles' Trends in Korean Academy Literature

한국장애인복지학 연구동향에 관한 분석과 고찰: 장애인복지학의 이론적 패러다임을 중심으로

  • Published : 2006.08.31


This paper aimed to analyze articles published in 9 Korean social work journals from 1979 to 2005 regarding the conceptualization of disability and the orientation of disability theories. Trends of disability theories have shifted from the division of the individual model and the social model to four models including individual materialist, individual idealist, social creationist, and social constructionist. As a result of categorizing the articles, it was revealed that the individual idealist position is the most popular and the social creationist position is increasingly popular. To understand disability holistically, the complexity of disability has to be addressed rather than focusing on one model.