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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155837
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Adjustment to Age-Related Changes for Women With Childhood Onset Disability
Abstract:
Adjustment to Age-Related Changes for Women With Childhood Onset Disability
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2004
Conference Date:July 22-24, 2004
Author:Harrison, Tracie C., MSN, RN, FNP
P.I. Institution Name:University of Texas at Austin
Title:Doctoral Candidate
Objective: The objective was to describe ways women with childhood onset disability (COD) adjust to changes with aging. Design: This study used a qualitative descriptive design. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Fifteen women between the ages of 50 to 65 years who had paralytic polio prior to age 13 were interviewed in their homes. Concepts Studied: Adjustment to aging was studied using emic definitions. Methods: This study consisted of multiple audio-taped interviews, field notes, life course charts and demographic information questions. Findings: The women reported that their age influenced the way they adapted to their disability. Personal and social views of their age influenced their reaction and the reaction of others to their disability. The women were encouraged to be independent as children but encouraged to be more dependent as aging adults. Mental adjustment to changing expectations was difficult; the women used technology to stay independent as long as possible. The women purchased and transported multiple assistive devices to remain independent. Friendships were formed to provide social interaction as well as security and reassurance. The women mentally adapted to changes by learning how to reframe from activity and accept help with activities they were encouraged to do when younger. Many of the women developed new communication skills for gaining assistance. Conclusions: Age and impairment may interact over the life course requiring physical and mental adjustment from the person aging with CODs. Implications: Health care providers should assess how women with CODs have adjusted to their disabilities through out the life course before recommending new or alternative strategies. Before providers recommend adjustments that infer higher levels of dependence the woman’s ability to psychological accept these changes should be assessed. Gradual changes may be most appropriate.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
22-Jul-2004
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAdjustment to Age-Related Changes for Women With Childhood Onset Disabilityen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155837-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Adjustment to Age-Related Changes for Women With Childhood Onset Disability</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 22-24, 2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Harrison, Tracie C., MSN, RN, FNP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Texas at Austin</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Doctoral Candidate</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">tharrison@mail.nur.utexas.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: The objective was to describe ways women with childhood onset disability (COD) adjust to changes with aging. Design: This study used a qualitative descriptive design. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Fifteen women between the ages of 50 to 65 years who had paralytic polio prior to age 13 were interviewed in their homes. Concepts Studied: Adjustment to aging was studied using emic definitions. Methods: This study consisted of multiple audio-taped interviews, field notes, life course charts and demographic information questions. Findings: The women reported that their age influenced the way they adapted to their disability. Personal and social views of their age influenced their reaction and the reaction of others to their disability. The women were encouraged to be independent as children but encouraged to be more dependent as aging adults. Mental adjustment to changing expectations was difficult; the women used technology to stay independent as long as possible. The women purchased and transported multiple assistive devices to remain independent. Friendships were formed to provide social interaction as well as security and reassurance. The women mentally adapted to changes by learning how to reframe from activity and accept help with activities they were encouraged to do when younger. Many of the women developed new communication skills for gaining assistance. Conclusions: Age and impairment may interact over the life course requiring physical and mental adjustment from the person aging with CODs. Implications: Health care providers should assess how women with CODs have adjusted to their disabilities through out the life course before recommending new or alternative strategies. Before providers recommend adjustments that infer higher levels of dependence the woman&rsquo;s ability to psychological accept these changes should be assessed. Gradual changes may be most appropriate.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:13:18Z-
dc.date.issued2004-07-22en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:13:18Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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