Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

2014 Edition
| Editors: Alex C. Michalos

Mobility Issues for People with Disabilities

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_1826



Disability results from interactions between health conditions and contextual factors, both external-environmental and internal-personal factors. As defined by the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), disability involves dysfunction at one or more of three levels – (a) the body or body part, (b) the whole person, and (c) the whole person within social context – in one or more of three ways: impairments (in body structure or function), activity limitations or difficulties, and restricted participation in multiple life spheres (World Health Organization [WHO], 2002). However, disablement is often considered to occur when people experience mobility difficulties, where mobility refers to the ability to move around one’s home or community.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology and PsychiatryMonash UniversityCaulfield EastAustralia
  2. 2.School of Psychology and PsychiatryMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia