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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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RESENDE, Marineia Crosara de  and  GOUVEIA, Valdiney Veloso. Quality of life in adults with physical disability. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.1, pp.99-106. ISSN 0102-7972.

The aim of this study was to investigate the quality of life in adults with physical disability in the following domains: subjective well-being, behavioral competence, perceived quality of life, and environmental conditions. Method: 25 participants aged between 32 and 69. They answered, in interview, the following instruments: (a) Socio-demographic Characteristics; (b) Physical Impairment Characteristics; (c) Degree of disability; (d) Physical Symptom Scale; (e) Subjective Well-being Measurement composed by: Vitality Scale, Positive Affect Scale, Life Satisfaction Scale; (f) Physical Self Efficacy Scale; (g) General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12); (h) Perceived Social Support Scale. Results: The participants presented positive quality of life. They reported subjective well-being, showed self-efficacy in the average point, and presented positive mental health regarding physical symptoms. The most common complaints were related to pains in the arms, legs and joints. They reported to receive social support in emotional and practical aspects.

Keywords : Physical disability; Quality of life; Psychology; Gerontology.

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