Social Role Valorization theorizes that society tends to identify diverse groups as less valued because of their differences. It also studies how we devalue others and its effects while developing methods to counteract the problem.

In society if a group of individuals are seen different or abnormal they are stigmatized as less valued, low status, unworthy and prone to discrimination. The effects of being devalued are as followed depression, low self esteem, isolation and feeling insecure. SVR talks about creating and enhancing postive roles for people who may be in a devalued role because once their exhibiting postive qualities others will see it and focus on it. Being in a postive role can bring about happiness, improved self image and being part of society. People with disabilities often fall into the category of being devalued because they are only judge by their disability instead we should be looking at the whole person.

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