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Exploration of a resilience intervention among women with disabilities: an examination of two case studies


International Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Journal
Susan Stuntzner,Angela MacDonald,Jacquelyn A Dalton3

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Abstract

People who live with a disability are faced with the prospect of adjusting to the disability and its associated life experiences. Many people encounter negative and hurtful situations such as unemployment, lack of adequate resources, changes in relationships and social support, negative societal attitudes, bias, and discrimination, and so forth. Women with disabilities are subject to these same negative encounters, but they often experience several others based on their gender (i.e., higher rates of abuse, poverty, and financial independence). Given the likelihood that women may experience additional stressors with fewer supports in place, professionals must focus on the needs of women with disabilities and the sources of support. To meet this important need, two case studies are presented. The case studies are comprised of two women living with varying disabilities who completed Stuntzner and Hartley’s.110-module resilience intervention. The women share information about their experience in working through the resilience intervention and in learning resilience-based skills to help them deal with their initial concerns and stressors. Both women reported decreases in depression and anxiety and increases in resilience and forgiveness as a result of working through the intervention.

Keywords

women with disabilities, resilience interventions for women, resilience case studies, resilience, resilience cultivation, emotions, independence, hearing, vision, self-care, dexterity, peripheral feeling, challenging situations, anxiety, depression, resilience, forgiveness, chronic pain, back/spinal injuries, fibromyalgia, depression

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