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Life history model of adaptation to disability: The case of a 'congenital amputee'

  • Frank, Gelya
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    Life histories can be used to describe (1) adaptation over time to disabling conditions and (2) the context and meaning of disabilities. Data from the life history of Diane DeVries, a 33-year old woman born with quadralateral limb deficiencies (upper extremity hemimelia, lower extremity amelia) illustrate a model for eliciting, presenting and interpreting life histories of persons with disabilities. Substantively, the life history of Diane DeVries indicates, at this time, survival within a niche of institutional supports that include marriage, church membership, and government for the disabled. Her life history is also characterized by choices that support independent living in the community and a cognitive orientation toward her own cultural normality.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 19 (1984)
    Issue (Month): 6 (January)
    Pages: 639-645

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:19:y:1984:i:6:p:639-645
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