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Dunne, S;Coffey, L;Gallagher, P;Desmond, D
2014
January
Disability and Rehabilitation
"If I can do it I will do it, if I can't, I can't": a study of adaptive self-regulatory strategies following lower limb amputation
Published
22 ()
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TENACIOUS GOAL PURSUIT QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEDICAL REHABILITATION ADJUSTMENT DISABILITY POPULATION INJURY
36
1990
1997
Purpose: To explore the goal-related strategies employed by people following lower limb amputation using a framework based on the dual-process model of adaptive self-regulation. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 30 individuals with a lower limb amputation. Results: Theoretical thematic analysis identified four broad assimilative/goal pursuit strategies; internal resource use, planning, technology use and help use. The most common strategies were maintaining a specific leisure activity (n = 20), seeking instrumental help (n = 15) and determination (n = 15). Three broad categories of accommodative/goal adjustment strategies were also identified; interpersonal accommodation, managing limitations and meaning-making. The most common were accepting limitations (n = 18), emotional support from friends and family (n = 17) and adjusting goals to constraints (n = 16). There was also evidence of strategies that combined the use of accommodative and assimilative strategies, and the use of avoidant strategies. Conclusions: The findings point towards key assimilative/goal pursuit and accommodative/goal adjustment strategies that may be adaptive following lower limb amputation. The study highlights the potential usefulness of the dual-process model in understanding how individuals adapt to functional disability, while bringing to light issues warranting further explication within this framework.
LONDON
0963-8288
10.3109/09638288.2014.885993
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