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Users' responses to assistive devices for physical disability

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dc.contributor Wichita State University. Department of Sociology en_US
dc.contributor.author Brooks, N. A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-29T18:05:48Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-29T18:05:48Z
dc.date.issued 1991 en_US
dc.identifier 1831289 en_US
dc.identifier 8303205 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Social science & medicine (1982). 1991; 32(12): 1417-24. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0277-9536 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/4997
dc.description The 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.abstract A 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.extent 1417-24 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Pergamon en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Social Science & Medicine en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Soc Sci Med en_US
dc.source NLM en_US
dc.subject.mesh Attitude to Health en_US
dc.subject.mesh Disabled Persons/psychology en_US
dc.subject.mesh Educational Status en_US
dc.subject.mesh Employment en_US
dc.subject.mesh Female en_US
dc.subject.mesh Humans en_US
dc.subject.mesh Male en_US
dc.subject.mesh Public Opinion en_US
dc.subject.mesh Self-Help Devices en_US
dc.subject.mesh Social Environment en_US
dc.subject.mesh Social Perception en_US
dc.title Users' responses to assistive devices for physical disability en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.coverage.spacial England en_US
dc.description.version peer reviewed en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright © Pergamon en_US

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