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February 14, 1948

Adjustment to Physical Handicap and Illness: A Survey of the Social Psychology of Physique and Disability

JAMA. 1948;136(7):508-509. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890240074033

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This work is Bulletin 55 (1946) of the Social Science Research Council. The basic approach is that of the research worker in psychology dealing with behavior manifestations resulting from reactions of the individual to variations of his health and physical structure, both congenital and acquired. The material presented is not without definite value for those who desire assistance in finding appropriate productive employment for the physically impaired.

The presentation begins with reference to factual data and a discussion of behavior reactions attributable to variations of body conformation and function. Parts of this section are technical and use terms and schematic devices which will be difficult for those not conversant with advanced psychology.

"Crippling," forms one of the large subdivisions of this publication and includes all previous pertinent studies. There is a detailed comparative study of the situation reactions of 2 female adults; one having had poliomyelitis in childhood with permanent

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