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Psychological aspects of physical disability

  • Stephen Wilkinson
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Abstract

Approximately 8% of the population have a physical disability, with four per 1000 being severely disabled (needing special care) and one of these four being under the age of 65 years (Harris 1971; Martin, Meltzer and Eliot, 1988). An average Health District (250 000 people) may thus expect 250 people under the age of 65 years to need special care. This chapter will focus on disabled adults (16–65 years of age), the majority of whom live in the community and a minority, usually suffering from damage to the central nervous system, in institutional care.

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