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Title: What are the stressors : perspectives of community residing individuals who have a spinal cord injury
Author: Steichele, Karin Christina
Degree Master of Applied Science - MASc
Program Counselling Psychology
Copyright Date: 1995
Abstract: The need for research as well as clinical attention focused on the perspectives of individuals with disabilities is being increasingly recognized and supported. Equally recognized among the rehabilitation team and researchers involved in the area of spinal cord injury (SCI) is the highly stressful nature of the return to life in the community from the inpatient rehabilitation centre. Despite this awareness, no research could be found which explored specifically the nature of stressors experienced by individuals who have a SCI and live in the community. The purpose of this study is to address this lack of information by means of an exploratory qualitative study involving a focus group with 5 members. Suggestions from the participants for a better preparation for potential stressors at the rehabilitation centre, as well as for resources and services when living in the community will be described. The findings will contribute to raising general awareness and understanding of the potential stressors experienced by individuals who have a SCI among the research community, individuals who work with persons who have a SCI, including counsellors, society at large, and among individuals with a SCI. As well, the results may guide health professionals in designing ways to better prepare individuals for the return to life in the community and to assist individuals living in the community through effective resources and intervention programs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/4123
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]

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