Book notice #3
If you haven’t gotten your hands on it yet, I recommend reading the 2009 book from Wolfensberger:
Wolf Wolfensberger. Observing, Recording and Addressing Personal Physical Appearance by Means of the APPEAR Tool. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership and Change Agentry; Plantagenet, ON: l’Institut Valor Institute.
For those of you familiar with the PASSING manual, this new book is set up to be used as an assessment tool, complete with checklists. My sense is that it will be helpful as an assessment tool but also as a way of learning more about SRV, by really focusing in on personal presentation and imagery issues. Watch the SRV Journal for a review of the book but in the meantime, read it yourself.
Abbreviated Table of Contents:
The Rational for Making Personal Appearance Audits, Especially for Persons at Risk of Social Devaluation
The Impact of Personal Appearance on Perceivers and the Perceived
The Typical Appearance Problems of Societally Devalued People
Major Strategies for the Enhancement of Personal Appearance
Discovering, or Determining, Appearance Features of a Person That Could Be Improved
Preliminary Considerations to Know and Review Before Selecting an Action Measure
Deciding Which Specific Action Measures to Pursue
Who Might Attend to a Person’s Appearance?
The Debate Over Whether Efforts Should Be Made at All to Improve the Appearance of Impaired or Otherwise Societally Devalued People
Limitations of the APPEAR Recording Form and Checklist
Instructions for Use of the APPEAR Recording Form and Checklist
Identifying and Background Information on the Person Whose Appearance is Being Audited
The APPEAR Checklist Items for Observing and Recording Personal Physical Features
III. Global Appearance Characteristics
IV. Attire and Accessories
V. Any Other Relevant Observations That Did Not Emerge Sufficiently in the Above Categories
Actions Recommended/To Be Taken
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