Coping with a Chronic Disability: Psychosocial Observations of Girls with Scoliosis
The psychosocial implications of wearing the Milwaukee brace for scoliosis have been commented upon by orthopedic surgeons. Riseborough1 summarizes: “Patients adapt to the brace rapidly, but the initial experience may provoke an emotional storm.” Harrington2 points out that a major alteration in daily living is involved and that patient-parent cooperation is critical for successful treatment. He groups brace wearers into three types: (1) brace riders (who develop ulcers on the chin and avoid exercises), (2) habit formers (who twist their necks and hence avoid the therapeutic forces of the brace), and (3) ideal patients. This paper represents a more detailed examination of how adolescent girls and their mothers psychologically adjust to the girl having to wear a Milwaukee brace.
KeywordsBody Image Orthopedic Surgeon Adolescent Girl Coping Behavior Marital Conflict
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