The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability: 5th Edition / Edition 5

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The newest edition of The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability continues the tradition of presenting a realistic perspective on life with disabilities. Articles included represent the best of developing concepts, theory, research, and intervention approaches. Classic articles kept from previous editions round out a diversity of viewpoints that will enrich student understanding of what is important in beginning rehabilitation practice.

Relevant, expert articles plus insightful narratives by those actually living with disabilities combine to offer a bridge between theory and reality. This book will guide students and professionals in rehabilitation practice closer to their goal of enhancing the quality of life for all individuals.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book focuses not only on the impact of disability and illness on psychological and social functioning, but also on consumer empowerment and self-determination, along with self-expression.
Purpose: The editors note, "the exploration and understanding of illness and/or disability in light of its psychological and social impact continues as the main direction of this book. But this fifth edition also highlights the personal perspectives or stories of those faced with the many demands of living with an illness or disability. These perspectives reflect an opportunity to speak out and express ones' needs and expectations."
Audience: The audience includes students and professionals in rehabilitation practice. The two editors include contributions from 73 authorities in the field. Dr. Orto is Professor and Program Director of Rehabilitation Counseling in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Counseling, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University and has coauthored and coedited many books in the field of physical disabilities. Dr. Power is Emeritus Professor of Counseling, University of Maryland, and Adjunct Professor at the College of William and Mary. He has also authored numerous publications in the field of family and disability, and vocation/career assessment.
Features: The five parts focus on historical and current perspectives on illness and disability; the personal impact of illness and disability; family issues; interventions and resources; new directions: issues and perspectives. After each part, there are discussion questions, personal perspectives, and personal exercises. Albert Ellis provides a salient story after part II about how he overcame numerous physical disabilities, both in the past and currently. Two appendixes provide perspective exercises (six exercises to help readers better understand the meaning of illness and/or disability in an individual's life) and personal perspectives (seven stories of courage despite severe physical limitations). Family members also give their insight. This book is valuable in the way it provides so many different perspectives. In chapter 35, the authors talk about eight myths that can influence individual and family expectations: 1. All illnesses and disabilities can be cured or prevented; 2. Restoration is more important than realistic acceptance; 3. Someone must pay; 4. The family and the individual will always appreciate medical intervention; 5. Unquestioning faith in the health care team and system; 6. Technology will provide all the answers; 7. My family will always be there for me because I was there for them; 8. If we are good to others and even provide financial assistance, caregiving, aid respite care, they will be good to us or respond in kind.
Assessment: This book provides excellent information along with many discussion questions, personal stories, and personal perspective exercises. It is practical, easy to read, and effectively addresses important questions about the impact of disability/illness on an individual and the family. The reader will not be disappointed with this volume. It is one of the best books I have ever read in this area.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826102447
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/2/2007
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 760
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur E. Dell Orto, PhD, CRC, is Professor and Program Director of Rehabilitation Counseling in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Counseling, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University and is the Associate Executive Director of Boston University's Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

He received a PhD in Counseling and Rehabilitation from Michigan State University in 1970. Dr. Dell Orto is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor whose academic and clinical interests relate to the role of the family in the treatment and rehabilitation process. Dr. Dell Orto has given many presentations and workshops focusing on the needs of families living with illness and disability.

He has co-authored and co-edited with Paul Power: Families Living with Chronic Illness and Disability (2004); The Resilient Family (2003); Brain Injury and the Family: A Life and Living Perspective (2000); Head Injury and the Family: A Life and Living Approach (1994): Awarded Pyramid of Distinction and an Award of Excellence by the New England Association of the American Medical Writers; Illness and Disability: Family Interventions Throughout the Life Span (Springer Publishing Company, 1988); and Role of the Family in the Rehabilitation of the Physically Disabled (1980). He has also co-edited the following books: The Encyclopedia of Disability and Rehabilitation (1995): Awarded an "Excellence in Media Award" by The National Rehabilitation Association; The Psychological and Social Impact of Disability (Springer Publishing Company, 1999 & 1991); The Psychological and Social Impact of Disability (Springer, 1984 & 1977); and Group Counseling and Physical Disability (1979).

Paul W. Power, ScD, CRC, is an Emeritus Professor of Counseling, University of Mayland, and Adjunct Professor at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg. Dr. Power received a ScD from Boston University and is the author of numerous articles, books, and book chapters on the topic of the family and disability, and vocation/career assessment. His speeches and workshops, on both national and international levels, have also focused on the roles of the family on the treatment and rehabilitation process. Specifically, he has co-authored and co-edited with Arthur Dell Orto: Families Living with Chronic Illness and Disability (2004), The Resilient Family (2003), Brain Injury and the Family: A Life and Living Perspective (2000), The Role of the Family in the Rehabilitation of the Physically Disabled (1980), and Family Interventions Throughout Chronic Illness and Disability (Springer Publishing Company, 1988).

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Table of Contents


Foreword by Robert P. Marinelli


Part I. Historical and Current Perspective on Illness and Disability

Introduction to Part I
• The Disability Paradigm, David Pfeiffer
• Understanding How Disability is Defined and Conceptualized in the Literature, Barbara J. Lutz and Barbara J. Bowers
• An Integrative Conceptual Framework of Disability: New Directions For Research, Denise G. Tate and Constance Pledger
• Transforming Psychological Practice and Society: Policies That Reflect the New Paradigm, Carol J. Gill, Donald G. Kewman, and Ruth W. Brannon
• Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities in the Era of Disability Rights, Richard L. Beaulaurier and Samuel H. Taylor
• Models of Disability: Implications for the Counseling Profession, Julie F. Smart and David W. Smart
Classic Article
• The Contribution of the Physically and Mentally Handicapped to Development, Jean Vanier

Discussion Questions

Personal Perspective: Coping With A Journey Toward Recovery: From The Inside Out, Dale Walsh

Perspective Exercise 1: Reflections on Jean Vanier: How Far Have We Come? How Far Must We Go?

Part II: The Personal Impact of Disability

Introduction to Part II
• Psychological Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability: A Primer for Counselors, Hanoch Livneh and Richard F. Antonak
• Objective Self-Awareness and Stigma: Implications for Persons with Visible Disabilities, Andrew A. Phemister and Nancy M. Crewe
• Psychosocial Issues of Women with Physical Disabilities: The Continuing Gender Debate, Margaret A. Nosek and Rosemary B. Hughes
• Female Sexuality and Spinal Cord Injury: Counseling Implications, Eva Miller and Irmo Marini
• Cross-Cultural Counseling Issues of Males Who Sustain a Disability, Irmo Marini
• Psychiatric And Psychological Issues In Survivors Of Major Disasters, Carol S. North
• Quality of Life and Psychosocial Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Acquired Disability: A Conceptual and Theoretical Synthesis, Malachy Bishop

Classic Article
• Six Principles Relating Disability and Psychological Adjustment, Franklin C. Shontz

Discussion Questions

Personal Perspective: Using Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Techniques to Cope with Disability, Albert Ellis

Perspective Exercise 2: Prime of life

Part III: Family Issues in Illness & Disability

Introduction to Part III
• Family Decision Making In Foregoing Life-Extending Treatments, Virginia P. Tilden, Susan W. Tolle, Christine A. Nelson, Maye Thompson, and Susan C. Eggman
• My Child is Not My Carer: Mothers with Physical Disabilities and the Well Being of Children, Ora Prilleltensky
• Parenting a Child With a Chronic Medical Condition, Jane Case-Smith
• In the Midst of a Hurricane: A Case Study of a Couple Living with AIDS, Lydia P. Buki, Lori Kogan, Bethanne Keen, and Patti Uman
• Parental Illness, Family Functioning, and Adolescent Well Being: A Family Ecology Framework to Guide Research, Sara Pedersen and Tracey A. Revenson

Classic Article
• Life's challenges: Curse or Opportunity? Counseling Families of Persons with Disabilities, Mary R. Hulnick and H. Ronald Hulnick

Discussion Questions

Personal Perspectives: My Life with Muscular Dystrophy: Lessons and Opportunities, Robert P. Winske

Dealing with Spina Bifida: Mother's Perspective, Janet Lingerman

Perspective Exercise 3: My Family and Disability: Where Do We Stand?

Park IV: Interventions and Resources
Introduction to Part IV
• The Construct of Hope in the Rehabilitation Process, Amy B. Collins and Marvin D. Kuehn
• Spirituality in Disability and Illness, Judy Kaye and Senthil Kumar Raghavan
• Spiritual Factors and Adjustment in Medical Rehabilitation: Understanding Forgiveness as a Means of Coping, Jon R. Webb
• The Psychosocial Impact on Survivors of Extraordinary, Stressful, and Traumatic Events: Principles and Practices in Critical Incident Response for Rehabilitation Counselors Mark A. Stebnicki
• War, Death, and Bereavement: How We Can Help, Joan Beder
• Users of Assistive Technology: The Human Component, Martin G. Brodwin, Tristen Star, and Elizabeth Cardoso

Classic Article
• Changes in Attitudes Toward People with Handicaps, Beatrice A. Wright

Discussion Questions

Personal Perspective: Recovery and the Rehabilitation Process: A Personal Journey, James T. Herbert

Perspective Exercise 4: Trauma Helicopter

Part V: New Directions: Issues and Perspectives

Introduction to Part V
• The Implications of Positive Psychology and Wellness for Rehabilitation Counselor Education, Irmo Marini and Mitka Chacon
• "Successful Aging:" A Disability Perspective, Meredith Minkler and Pamela Fadem
• The Promise of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF), Julie F. Smart
• Recovery from Psychiatric Disabilities, Patricia B. Nemec and Cheryl J. Gagne
• Psychological Adaptation to Disability: Perspectives from Chaos and Complexity Theory, Hanoch Livneh and Randall M. Parker
• Eugenics, Euthanasia, and Physician-Assisted Suicide: An Overview for Rehabilitation Professionals, Steve Zanskas and Wendy Coduti
• Reflections and Considerations, Arthur Dell Orto and Paul Power

Classic Article
• Aging and Disability: Toward a Unified Agenda, Irving Kenneth Zola

Discussion Questions

Personal Statement: Life's Lessons Taught Me by My Disability, Alfred H. DeGraff

Personal Statement: One More Burden, A Mother's Perspective, Bernadette

Personal Exercise 5: Why Us?

Appendix A: Perspective Exercises

Introduction to Appendix A: Perspective Exercises

Common Pain, Mutual Support

Who Needs This Kind of Help?

Is the Person With a Disability More Important Than the Family?

Enough Is Enough

Fragile: Handle with Care

I Am in Love With a Stranger

Appendix B: Personal Perspectives

Introduction to Appendix B: Personal Perspectives

Chris Moy—Chris and His Mother: Hope and Home

Linda Stacey—Karen—My Daughter Forever

Tosca Appel—Living in Spite of Multiple Sclerosis

Judy Teplow—Surviving ALS: A Daughter's Perspective

Paul Egan—My Life With a Disability

David Collins—For Better or For Worse: David

Robert J. Neumann—Experiencing Sexuality as an Adolescent with Rheumatoid Arthritis


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