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Body image and physical disability -- personal perspectives

G.; McCabe Taleporos, M. P.,


This study used qualitative methodology to investigate the body image concerns of people with physical disabilities. Three males and four females aged between 22 and 50 years, in Melbourne, Australia, participated in the study. The study found that bodily impairment had an adverse influence on the participants’ psychological experiences, feelings and attitudes toward their own bodies. The impact of feedback from the social environment was highlighted, and there was evidence suggesting that individuals gradually adjust to their different bodies and increasingly accept their disabilities over time.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Social Science & Medicine

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing, Social relationships

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