Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Bio-Psycho-Social Model- Bad Science: How the truth has been twisted

I had planned to demolish the way in which the DWP and its Ministers cling to what they describe as the bio-psycho-social model. However a number of Guardian readers have done the work for me.
Why this official misrepresentation is allowed to continue is hardly surprising as without it the government's dodgy policy couldn't exist!

19 January
2012 6:46AM

I am a pensioner on DLA for previously-misdiagnosed Multiple Sclerosis.

I have a suspicion that [Maria] Miller, along with Harrison and the rest of them gets even the psychosocial model of disability arse-backwards.

When I was young, that very model was used to point out that a disabled person's ENVIRONMENT contributes massively towards our "disabling us further"- massive employment discrimination, inaccessibility of public buildings and public transport...Very little of that environment has changed, although yes, it is getting a little better.

In true Orwellian Newspeak, the government's "model" of disability (unencumbered by ANY personal 24/7 experience of disability) has twisted the original democratic and egalitarian model around IN ORDER TO to discriminate us MORE, ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT IF WE HAVE TO STRUGGLE MORE TO SURVIVE, THAT IN ITSELF WOULD MAKE US BETTER.

Miller's and Freud's weasel words clarify nothing, and they were not meant to. It's all about getting half a million people off their statutory right for help, by hook or by crook, and to disguise that from themselves and from the public. They're so transparent...

But thankyou to all contributors, especially Arec Balrin, for telling the truth against the government's barrage of weasel words.

19 January
2012 7:24AM

Another significant point has been made about the use of the BPS model. In its truest form the BPS model can be very effective in helping us understand illness not just in terms of the medical effects but in the way it affects our minds and social interactions. However that isnt that case here. What seems to have been done is that the BPS model has been cherry-picked for suitable terms then clobbered together into a form that can be used to deny the needs of massive amounts of sick folks while still claiming the validation of scientific basis.

19 January
2012 8:21AM

The "Harrison model" (Maria Miller's contorted "bio-psycho-social model) is itself a travesty -and distorted-plagiarism - of the 1970s psycho-social model of disability, which put the onus, not on the disabled, but on our environment.
Harrison's model is itself discriminatory, and is deliberately meant to be, in order to save the state money and promote the political goal of "survival of the fittest", in social policy as everywhere else (while providing an income stream for unqualified "assessors" doing discriminatory "assessments" in the name of the state.

Harrison and Miller can sue me if they think this is an inaccurate description.

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