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dc.contributorWichita State University. Department of Sociologyen_US
dc.contributor.authorBrooks, N. A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-29T18:05:48Z
dc.date.available2012-03-29T18:05:48Z
dc.date.issued1991en_US
dc.identifier1831289en_US
dc.identifier8303205en_US
dc.identifier.citationSocial science & medicine (1982). 1991; 32(12): 1417-24.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0277-9536en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10057/4997
dc.descriptionThe full text of this article is not available in SOAR. Check the journal record http://libcat.wichita.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=404594 for the paper version of the article in the library.en_US
dc.description.abstractA mailed survey of scientists and engineers with disabilities was conducted to investigate how assistive devices for disability utilized in various social settings were perceived by persons with disabilities who also maintained valuable occupational positions. The respondents (N = 595) reported assistive-device utilization in social settings and user attitudes toward using assistive mechanical aids. The minority-group conceptual framework guided analysis of assistive technology as a symbol of disability. Variations in device use within public and private settings and differences in attitudes according to demographic and disability characteristics also are described. Findings show general user satisfaction with devices. Utilization varies among social settings and also varies by disability type, especially between persons with sensory impairment and those with nonsensory impairment. Public responses were not perceived to be problematic, although users do indicate that the actual application of devices may be unsatisfactory. Users' suggestions for further research chiefly propose examination of the systems that develop and distribute assistive devices. Results encourage examination of socioeconomic arrangements that reinforce the minority position of people with disabilities by restricting access to aids perceived as beneficial to social roles.en_US
dc.format.extent1417-24en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherPergamonen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSocial Science & Medicineen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSoc Sci Meden_US
dc.sourceNLMen_US
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Healthen_US
dc.subject.meshDisabled Persons/psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshEducational Statusen_US
dc.subject.meshEmploymenten_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshPublic Opinionen_US
dc.subject.meshSelf-Help Devicesen_US
dc.subject.meshSocial Environmenten_US
dc.subject.meshSocial Perceptionen_US
dc.titleUsers' responses to assistive devices for physical disabilityen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.coverage.spacialEnglanden_US
dc.description.versionpeer revieweden_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright © Pergamonen_US


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