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Hope College

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Fall 2012

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Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development


For my study, I focused on the state of persons with mental disabilities in Yaoundé, Cameroon, a discriminated and marginalized population. I completed an internship at Le Centre National de Réhabilitation des Personnes Handicapées in the special education school as a case study. There, through participant observation, simple observation and interviews as well as outside research, I gathered information regarding my research questions and hypothesis:

  1. Who is responsible for the majority of persons with mental disabilities?
  2. What are the affects of perceptions of persons with mental disabilities?
  3. What are some possibilities for a better life and through what means?


  1. Because many people with mental disabilities are abandoned, the state is in charge of their well being.
  2. Because the general public stigmatizes persons with mental disabilities, they face difficulties with integration.
  3. If people with mental disabilities attend the special needs school at Le Centre de Réhabilitation des Personnes Handicapées, it will facilitate integration into society and into the educational system.


Family, Life Course, and Society | Inequality and Stratification | Mental and Social Health


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