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The Vulnerable

Cheryl Green (Southern Connecticut State University School of Nursing, USA)

Social Justice Case Studies

ISBN: 978-1-80455-747-1, eISBN: 978-1-80455-746-4

Publication date: 9 February 2023


Vulnerable populations can include the poor, children, older persons, ethnic minorities, veterans, persons with mental illness and persons with chronic diseases. Social justice recognizes vulnerable populations as being equal to all. However, it is often isolation and trauma that affects persons identified as vulnerable, from obtaining self-actualization. The isolation and trauma can be attributed to rejection and abandonment. Hence, the key to effectively advocating for the vulnerable is empowerment in the recognition of their own strengths despite the minimization of their worth by others. In doing so, the vulnerable are provided an understanding that the ability to thrive is not contingent on the support of others who may not desire their success to occur.


Green, C. (2023), "The Vulnerable", Social Justice Case Studies, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 41-51.



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