International Journal of Rehabilitation and Health

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 29-37

First online:

Understanding Psychosocial Adjustment to Disability: An American Perspective

  • Gregory G. GarskeAffiliated withDivision of Intervention Services, Bowling Green State University
  • , Joseph O. TurpinAffiliated withSchool of Education, California State University—San Bernardino

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The purpose of this article is to present a primer regarding some of the major concepts taught in rehabilitation counseling education programs in the United States relevant to psychosocial adjustment to disability. The literature review provides a summary of proposed explanations of adjustment to disability, a complicated and individual process. A major emphasis of the paper is discussion of determinants of psychosocial adjustment and adjustment theories. Finally, we discuss some implications with the intent that all rehabilitation professionals need to reflect on their own views of individual psychosocial adjustment to disability.

psychosocial adjustment reaction determinants adjustment theories