ERIC Number: ED310572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Adjustment of Adults to a Visual Impairment: Preliminary Findings.
A longitudinal study over a period of 12 months was conducted to assess the process of adjustment of adults to blindness and the factors that influence that adjustment. The visual impairment of the seven subjects took place from 5 days to 8 months prior to the study. Methods of data collection included observations in natural settings, ethnographic interviewing techniques, and two quantitative measures of social support and acceptance of disability: Linkowski's Acceptance of Disability Scale and Norbeck's Social Support Questionnaire. Three phases of the adjustment process were identified: pre-impact, impact, and learning to live with the impairment. Factors that influence adjustment were classified into: situations that informants find difficult, factors that help in adjusting, factors that do not help in adjusting, and coping strategies. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Baine, David, Ed.; And Others. Alternative Futures for the Education of Students with Severe Disabilities (Edmonton, Canada, May 6-8, 1987). For proceedings, see EC 220 763; for other selected papers, see ED 220 764-782.