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A grounded theory of living a life with a physical disability in Taiwan

Authors:
LIN Hsiu-Ching, KNOX Marie, BARR Jennieffer
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 29(6), 2014, pp.968-979.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This study explores the experiences of disability for a number of Taiwanese adults with a physical disability. Using a grounded theory approach, their experiences of living a life with a physical disability were gained through in-depth interviews. The resulting grounded theory ‘it is more than just the impaired body’ presents the dynamic interactions between the participants and the context in which they were living their lives and how they managed their lives within that context. With its inclusion of the cultural dimension, a holistic way of understanding the daily lives of those who experience physical disability in Taiwan is provided. (Publisher abstract)

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When work and satisfaction with life do not go hand in hand: health barriers and personal resources in the participation of people with chronic physical disabilities

Authors:
van CAMPEN Cretien, CARDOL Mieke
Journal article citation:
Social Science and Medicine, 69(1), July 2009, pp.56-60.
Publisher:
Elsevier

People with chronic physical disabilities participate less in both paid and voluntary work and are less satisfied with their lives than people without health problems. Governments and scientists have suggested that participation in employment is the main road to well-being. National survey data was on the participation in work and satisfaction with life was analysed, comparing people with a chronic illness and a physical disability (n = 603) to people with a chronic illness but without a physical disability (n = 1199) and the general population (n = 6128) in the Netherlands. The results show that the relationship between happiness and work is different for people with a chronic illness and a physical disability, as compared to the other two populations. Fewer people with a chronic illness and disability were categorized as ‘satisfied people with work’ (i.e. participating in work and satisfied with their life), while most people belonged to a group of ‘satisfied people without work’ and, surprisingly, not to the expected group of ‘dissatisfied people without work’. In order to explain this exceptional distribution the authors modelled satisfied participation in work as an outcome of a balance between personal resources and barriers. By means of discriminant regression analysis, the severity of motor disability was identified as the main barrier, and education level and age, as the main resource factors that distinguish between ‘satisfied people with work’ and others among the group of people with a chronic illness and a physical disability.

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Relationships

Author:
SCOPE
Publisher:
SCOPE
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
London

Explains the kind of relationships which are fundamental to the quality of life of people with physical disabilities

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Implementation of 'improving the life chances of disabled people': Age Concern's response

Author:
AGE CONCERN
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
5p.
Place of publication:
London

'Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People' states that, by 2025, disabled people should have full opportunities and choices to improve their quality of life and be respected and included as equal members of society.

Journal article

Quality of life for people with motor neurone disease: a consideration for occupational therapists

Author:
FOLEY Geraldine
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(12), December 2004, pp.551-553.
Publisher:
College of Occupational Therapists

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a rapidly progressive neurological disease of unknown cause resulting in relentless loss of function and high levels of disability. There has been a significant increase in quality of life (QoL) literature in recent years and the philosophy of the occupational therapy process may be considered consistent with the QoL construct. However, little is documented in occupational therapy literature that promotes consideration of the QoL construct in practice. This may be explained by the profession's adherence to the medical model of health care intervention. Expectations and desires continually shift for people with MND and individual-perceived QoL is determined by a continuous process of adjustment to increasing disability. To promote wellbeing, occupational therapists must identify what people with MND consider important in their lives.

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Users' views of community care for Asian disabled people

Author:
JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
York

A study in the North of England collected the views of 28 Asian disabled people on what would make their lives better and on what would make community care services better.

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A damaging directive

Authors:
LAMPERT James, et al
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 17.01.02, 2002, pp.46-47.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Considers a case where a disabled person is forced to use a hoist which worsens his quality of life.

Journal article

Is disability pension related to quality of life?

Authors:
EDEN L, et al
Journal article citation:
Scandinavian Journal of Social Welfare, 7(4), October 1998, pp.300-309.
Publisher:
Munksgaard/ Blackwell

The aim of this study was to investigate the quality of life among early retired pensioners granted a disability pension de to musculoskeletal disorders in Sweden.

Journal article

Impact of chronic systemic and neurological disorder on disability, depression and life satisfaction

Authors:
BROE Anthony, et al
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 13(10), October 1998, pp.667-673.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

The impact of physical disorder has traditionally been measured in terms of mortality, but this approach is not appropriate for chronic disorders, where the impact is more on quality of life than on longevity. In this article the authors examine the impact of chronic systemic and neurological disorders on three quality of life indicators: disability, depression and life satisfaction in a sample of older people in Australia.

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Disability benefits

Author:
JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
York

Disability benefits are one of the areas on which the Government is focusing its root and branch review of social security policy. Reviews research on the role of social security in the lives of disabled people.

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