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Resilience : learning from people with disabilities and the turning points in their lives
King, Gillian A., 1953-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003.
Physical Description:
xiv, 204 pages : illustrations ; cm.
An invitation to learn from the turning points of people with disabilities -- How we got here -- Turning points : emotionally compelling life experiences -- The resilient self : what helps and what hinders? -- "Choral music" for community change -- Tying it all together : frames of reference and meaning in life.
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BF698.35.R47 R472 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This volume brings to life the nature of resilience and adaptation to change by describing turning points, or critical experiences, in the lives of people with disabilities. People with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or attention deficit disorder are interviewed. They describe events and experiences that changed their lives and pinpoint which factors helped or hindered their adaptation. Interweaving these compelling stories with popular thought and research evidence, the authors show how understanding the resilience of people with disabilities may help all readers create meaning in life and become resilient.

Rich in personal detail, yet strong in its presentation of academic literature and other non-fiction works related to resilience, this volume will appeal to a wide variety of readers, from people who wonder about the meaning of life, to the parents of children with disabilities and organizations that deliver services to them, to students and professors in the fields of psychology, education, social work and occupational therapy.

Author Notes

GILLIAN A. KING is Director of Research Programs at the Thames Valley Children's Centre, and Research Director with the Community-University Research Alliance for Children with Special Needs.

ELIZABETH G. BROWN is a Social Worker and Research Associate at the Thames Valley Children's Centre.

LINDA K. SMITH is a Research Officer at the Thames Valley Children's Centre.

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Choice Review

The interesting concept of resilience has usually been studied in young children from impoverished environments or in war-torn countries; rarely has it been analyzed in the lives of adults with congenital disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and attention deficit disorders. King and her colleagues (Thames Children's Centre, London, Ontario) do just that. The editors interviewed 15 individuals ranging in age from 30 to 50, all with chronic impairments, and their respondents recount in detail life-changing milestones or turning points that defined the meaning of their lives, for better or worse. Positive and negative components of turning points are candidly identified and examined in detail. This readable and life-affirming book, almost conversational in tone, will interest all who work with individuals with disabilities. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; professionals; general readers. D. J. Winchester Yeshiva University

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