中途重度肢体障害者は障害をどのように意味づけるか : 脊髄損傷者のライフストーリーより The construction of the meaning of acquired severe motor disabilities : The life-stories of persons with spinal cord injuries
The purpose of this study was to examine the construction of meaning of acquired severe motor disabilities from the perspective of life-span development. The author conducted semistructured interviews with ten males who had sustained traumatic spinal cord injuries, with a history of more than ten years. The data were analyzed qualitatively, focusing on how the subjects reconstructed their post-injury and present lives. As a result, many subjects told repeated resolution of problems that arose from disabilities. Aspects that they considered positive in their present lives were : (1) better jobs or a deeper understanding of persons with disabilities than before ; (2) happier family life relative to earlier stages since sustaining the injuries ; or (3) better economical stability than other people. They interpreted issues regarding their disabilities as non-threatening to their present lives. Overall, their life-stories suggested that their present lives had become better. In particular, those who mentioned the above aspect (1), were more likely to construct a causal relationship between their injuries and the positive view of their present lives.
社会心理学研究 19(3), 159-174, 2004