Ramp up Awareness: Psychological Impact of Acquired Lower Limb Amputations

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Heshka, Michelle
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This capstone project delves into the physical, social, and psychological elements of individuals' lives with acquired lower limb amputations. The research strongly suggests that for the lower limb amputee, physical aspects of pain affect people’s social environment and, therefore, has an impact on a person's psychological adjustment. Stigma and the labelling of being disabled causes some psychological and identity issues in those with acquired amputation. Barriers to social equity and resources cause many individuals with physical disabilities to struggle financially and psychologically as the lack of these social necessities increase stress levels. Lack of education and integration of disability knowledge has meant that amputees often only have physical support or limited peer support when engaged with organizations specific to amputee resources. As social ableism is often overlooked, there is a higher risk for individuals with physical disabilities to be further stigmatized in clinical practice. As someone who is often mistaken for having an acquired amputation, I have weaved my own personal narrative alongside the literature reviewed. Priority of further training for clinical counsellors and the need for social change is discussed.
ableism , physical disability , inclusive , inclusion , amputation
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