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Social Skills and Physical Disability

  • Michael E. Dunn
  • Steven H. Herman

Abstract

Medical and physical rehabilitation of persons with major medical disorders such as spinal cord injury has progressed to the point where normal life spans are expected and physical mobility problems no longer interfere with leading a full life (Mesard, Carmody, Mannarino, & Ruge, 1978). Such advances in medical andhysical rehabilitation may be insufficient however, unless accompanied by efforts to facilitate patients’ psychosocial rehabilitation.One study (cited by Morgan, 1972, p. 37) has shown that in a comparison of two very similar spinal cord injury rehabilitation programs, the one that offered an augmented psychosocial program in addition to medical treatment resulted in patients who maintained their hospital-learned physical gains in the first 90 days after discharge. Of the group that received medical treatment only, 50% deteriorated in the same time period.

Keywords

Spinal Cord Injury Social Skill Physical Disability Response Probability Social Skill Training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael E. Dunn
    • 1
  • Steven H. Herman
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology ServiceVeterans Administration Medical CenterPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.Psychology ServiceVeterans Administration Medical Center, and Behavioral Medicine InstituteMiamiUSA

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