Body image and physical disability - personal perspectives

Taleporos, George and McCabe, Marita 2002, Body image and physical disability - personal perspectives, Social science & medicine, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 971-980, doi: 10.1016/S0277-9536(01)00069-7.

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Title Body image and physical disability - personal perspectives
Author(s) Taleporos, George
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Social science & medicine
Volume number 54
Issue number 6
Start page 971
End page 980
Publisher Pergamon; Elsevier Science
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2002-03
ISSN 0277-9536
Keyword(s) body image
physical disability
body esteem
Summary The current 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. Three participants were heterosexual, two were homosexual and two described their sexual identity as predominantly heterosexual but ‘bicurious’. The data were gathered through individual interviews of approximately 2 h duration, where participants responded to a set of predetermined open-ended questions. The study found that bodily impairment had a negative 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0277-9536(01)00069-7
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Elsevier Science Ltd.
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