Person-first versus identity-first language: Informing client-centred care

Person-first versus identity-first language: Informing client-centred care
Posted on Wed 27 Oct 2021

Are you a person living with disability or a health condition? You're invited to take part in a research study assessing whether you prefer person-first or identity-first language, and how this preference relates to your identity and quality of life.

You are invited to participate in a research study assessing the preference of people with a disability or health condition to be referred to as a person with a disability (person with autism; person diabetes etc) or a disabled person (autistic person; diabetic person etc), as well as whether this preference relates to disability or health condition identity and quality of life.

We would like to understand whether the use of person-first versus identity-first language is considered more or less appropriate for use by people with different roles, such as: a person with a disability/chronic illness, an allied health professional, a family member or carer, the media, a person of the general population, an educator or a researcher. This research will assess whether the type of disability/health condition or it’s severity is related with preference for person-first or identity-first language, as well as if this relates to quality of life. This research is important to expand the understanding about how people with disabilities or chronic health conditions prefer to be referenced, as well as factors that may influence preferences.

Who can participate?

We are seeking people who have a disability or health condition to participate in this research.

What is required?

You will be asked to complete a 10-15 min online questionnaire, that can be found here:

The research is being conducted by Dr Lisa Grech, as a research requirement for a master of clinical psychology at Charles Sturt University.

If you would like further information please contact Dr Lisa Grech on 0410 947 444.

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