No. 47 of the Savoir/Agir journal (Editions du Croquant) (2019/1) – “Pour une sociologie du handicap” (for a sociology of disability) – brings together a set of recent social sciences works covering varied dimensions of the disability issue (political, legal, school, family, access to employment, etc.) and providing an essential insight into what it means to be (said) “disabled” today.
Aude Béliard and Jean-Sébastien Eideliman wrote an article entitled “Familles et handicaps mentaux ou psychiques” (Families and mental or psychological disabilities): how does a child’s mental or psychological disability affect family relationships and how, in return, do family dynamics contribute to building a situation of disability, which in some cases may extend to its official recognition? This article attempts to provide an overview of sociological knowledge on this double link, which is too often reduced to the “burden” that the presence of a child whose mental or psychological development does not fall within the medical and social norms of our society would impose on a family. It focuses on the family use of qualifications that revolve around mental or psychological disability, emphasizing the role of factors such as social environment, family configuration, care and educational local services.