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Karimian M T, Düllmann S, Senf W, Tagay S. Psychological Distress and Social Integration of Elderly People With Physical Disabilities. Func Disabil J 2021; 4 (1) : 32
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1- Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Rheinische Kliniken Essen, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany. , m.karimian@web.de
2- Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Rheinische Kliniken Essen, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany.
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Background and Objectives: Poor physical health can affect the performance of everyday life activities and integration into society. The extent of disability or its influence on the life of an individual is related to his/her physical and social environment. This study aimed to examine the psychological existential orientation and social integration of elders with physical disabilities.
Methods: Forty-six people with physical disabilities (with Mean±SD age of 73.7±10.6 years and age range of 53-93 years) were examined regarding psychological existential orientation, social integration, and health-related quality of life, using an extensive questionnaire set, including questionnaire on assistive technology, the Brief Symptom Inventory, and health-related quality of life.
Results: The results showed that poor physical health can negatively impact the psyche and integration of the sample into society. Also, the subjects indicated a strong desire for more integration into society, however, they did not significantly participate in society in the last two weeks.
Conclusion: Poor health and dependence on the environment in daily life can negatively influence the psychological and social situation and also limit social integration.
Article number: 32
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Type of Study: Case Study | Subject: Professional education and practice
Received: 2021/03/10 | Accepted: 2021/07/17 | Published: 2021/09/1

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