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January 1951

MOTIVATIONS IN THE REHABILITATION OF PARAPLEGICS

Author Affiliations

LONG BEACH, CALIF.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1951;65(1):34-38. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1951.02320010040004
Abstract

MANY medical specialists1 believe that the rehabilitation of paraplegic patients needs to be supplemented with vocational counseling and training for work as soon as possible. Early vocational training has been found to facilitate rehabilitation.2

It is generally believed that the higher the level of the spinal cord injury, the greater will be the bodily involvement, usually resulting in the necessity of reeducation of physical activities. Several questions arise: From the point of view of vocational rehabilitation, would the level of the spinal cord injury affect the degree of motivation toward vocational or educational planning? Should one expect to find a larger percentage of paraplegic veterans seeking and developing training programs among those with lesions of the lower part of the cord than among those with lesions of the upper part? Once the paraplegic has selected specific employment objectives, would the level of injury influence his effort toward reaching

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