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Title: A biopsychosocial and ecclesiastical exploration of the place of shame in the lives of Christians with moderate intellectual disabilities
Author: Davidson, Mark R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2742 9181
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2013
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In this thesis the researcher uses a multidisciplinary method to develop a clearer understanding of shame as it is experienced by Christians with moderate intellectual disabilities. He uses this analysis to develop a Trinitarian, limits-based theology of shame. He then identifies practical ecclesiastical responses. The researcher’s starting position is that Christians with moderate intellectual disabilities experience debilitating forms of shame. This position is justified in chapter 3, with reference to medical disability literature. In chapter 4 through 6, the researcher uses psychoanalytical and sociological shame theories in conjunction with disability theory to develop a biopsychosocial model of the causes, effects and means of alleviating debilitating forms of shame in persons with moderate intellectual disabilities. In chapter 7 through 9, he uses Christian shame and disability theories together with analysis of Faith and Light and L’Arche to extend this schema. The Trinitarian, limits-based theology of shame draws upon disability theory, introduces the concepts of the shame dilemma and transpersonal shame, and promotes pneumatological reflection as an appropriate ecclesiastical response to debilitating shame. The practical ecclesiastical responses centre upon the need to promote a sense of communal ‘belonging-unity’ and personal ‘growth-towards-ideals’ in Christians with moderate intellectual disabilities.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Shame ; Church work with people with mental disabilities