Disability and Self: Critical Factors in Positive Adjustment After the Onset of Disability in Emerging Adulthood
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Resiliency, self-efficacy, and social support are key factors influencing adjustment following the onset of chronic disability. The presence or absence of these factors influences the affected person’s perceptions of self, perceptions by others, and overall life satisfaction and confidence in their ability to achieve goals. This article assesses data collected from an open-ended interview with a single participant, D, organized by thematic analysis. It finds that D's resiliency, self-efficacy, and social support system significantly influenced her mindset and attitude toward life after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The author explores how these factors were influenced by the micro-, meso-, and macro-contexts in which D existed, focusing particularly on the context of her relationships with others. The paper concludes with recommendations for future research.
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