Life history model of adaptation to disability: The case of a 'congenital amputee'
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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Volume (Year): 19 (1984)
Issue (Month): 6 (January)
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