Christian Social Constructions of Disability

Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

  • Ben Rhodes
  • Jeff McNair
  • Tammy Soper
Keywords: social constructions of disability, church participation, intellectual disability, abortion perceptions


Adults with intellectual disabilities who attend a Christian church were interviewed. The 56 respondents answered questions related to social constructions of disability and church participation. Social constructions (being an angel, being a hero or having something special to do) were reflected in their responses. Additionally, they do not condone abortion of babies with disabilities. Nearly all were Christians and felt they were a part of their church. About half indicated their disability made them sad and most had prayed to be healed of their disability although only a third felt that people with disabilities had a poor quality of life.

How to Cite
Rhodes, B., McNair, J., & Soper, T. (2019). Christian Social Constructions of Disability. Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, 1(1), 61-78. Retrieved from