The self-perceptions and interpersonal relationships of persons with significant physical disabilities: a qualitative pilot study.

Abstract

This exploratory, qualitative research was conducted to obtain the perspectives of people with significant physical disabilities regarding factors that have facilitated and hindered the development of a positive self-concept, participation in the broader society, and the formation of interpersonal relationships. The sample was high achieving in terms of education and/or career and attributed positive self-perceptions and their success in the broader society and interpersonal relationships to the attitudes and perceptions regarding their abilities, talents, and potential modeled in supportive family relationships. Females reported the influence of significant others most often, and males the effectiveness of their personality characteristics. Societal barriers, both practical and attitudinal, were reported along with the process for developing a positive selfperception despite these.

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@article{Riley2007TheSA, title={The self-perceptions and interpersonal relationships of persons with significant physical disabilities: a qualitative pilot study.}, author={Donald A. Riley and Diane de Anda and Carrie Ann Blackaller}, journal={Journal of social work in disability & rehabilitation}, year={2007}, volume={6 3}, pages={1-31} }