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A phenomenological study of female military servicemembers' adjustment to traumatic amputation


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Over 220,000 servicewomen have fought in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars where there is no safe zone. In addition, many women actively engaged in combat with over 128 dying, over 600 injured, and more than 20 experiencing traumatic amputations. When there is no research on the adjustment of women to amputation or on military women's adjustment to trauma, the phenomenological approach provides a basic understanding of this life experience. Six Army/Army National Guard women shared their experience via Internet interviews using Skype. They were challenged by physical adjustment, personal safety fears, grief and loss and coping with the attitudes of others. While recovering from amputation in a military environment promoted a "kick-butt" attitude, the most important factors in their recovery were a positive attitude, social support, personal courage, and the belief their loss had meaning. Other important factors were realizing it could have been worse, hardiness, resiliency and military training, and a sense of humor. Their experiences were compared to three theories of psychosocial adaptation to disability.

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Subject
Physical therapy;
Womens studies;
Counseling Psychology;
Clinical psychology;
Military studies
Classification
0382: Physical therapy
0453: Womens studies
0603: Counseling Psychology
0622: Clinical psychology
0750: Military studies
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Psychology; Amputation; Military women; Phenomenology; Psychosocial adaptation; Women soldiers
Title
A phenomenological study of female military servicemembers' adjustment to traumatic amputation
Author
Cater, Janet K.
Number of pages
224
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0011
Source
DAI-B 71/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124201184
Advisor
Roessler, Richard T.
University/institution
University of Arkansas
University location
United States -- Arkansas
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3421074
ProQuest document ID
755042696
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/755042696
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