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Benamputation och identitetsförändring

Jeppsson, Charlotte LU (2011) SOAM01 20111
School of Social Work
Abstract
ABSTRACT
Author: Charlotte Jeppsson
Title: Leg amputation and change of identity
Supervisor: Staffan Blomberg
Assessor: Sune Sunesson

Losing a leg is a devastating event, and as an amputee, the individual’s view of her- himself changes in relation to the society. As I have been working with amputees for a long time, I have observed these changes and have found interest in the issue. The purpose of this study was to examine how identity is influenced or changed 1-3 years after a leg amputation in the age of 65-80 years. The social constructivism, that community and individuals interact with each other, theories that describe how the identity is influenced by this social interaction, how the identity for example is expressed by the... (More)
ABSTRACT
Author: Charlotte Jeppsson
Title: Leg amputation and change of identity
Supervisor: Staffan Blomberg
Assessor: Sune Sunesson

Losing a leg is a devastating event, and as an amputee, the individual’s view of her- himself changes in relation to the society. As I have been working with amputees for a long time, I have observed these changes and have found interest in the issue. The purpose of this study was to examine how identity is influenced or changed 1-3 years after a leg amputation in the age of 65-80 years. The social constructivism, that community and individuals interact with each other, theories that describe how the identity is influenced by this social interaction, how the identity for example is expressed by the human body and views about ageing and disability were applied in this study. The investigation was grounded on interviews with open questions. Nine persons, in the age of 65-80 years, 1-3 years after the amputation, were interviewed about their own thoughts of the amputation, restrictions and daily life, requiring assistance from their families and friends. In my investigation most of the interviewed persons described their identity as the same as it was before the amputation and they had a positive approach to life. The interaction between the individual and the community made habits and experience of treatment before the amputation important. There is a
difference between my result in this study and my experience from my work as a welfare officer at the hospital. In my work patients often say that they have a more negative approach to life, that they feel different, and have more difficulties. They also say that there is more change of their identity after the amputation. The persons experience has to be understood in their context, both in which situation they talk about their identity and how the community around them looks like. The
results of this study agree with earlier findings.

Key words: Leg amputation, disablement, identity, aging, participation,
adjustment. (Less)
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Jeppsson, Charlotte LU
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SOAM01 20111
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Leg amputation, disablement, identity, aging, participation, adjustment.
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Swedish
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1982046
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  abstract     = {ABSTRACT
Author: Charlotte Jeppsson
Title: Leg amputation and change of identity
Supervisor: Staffan Blomberg
Assessor: Sune Sunesson

Losing a leg is a devastating event, and as an amputee, the individual’s view of her- himself changes in relation to the society. As I have been working with amputees for a long time, I have observed these changes and have found interest in the issue. The purpose of this study was to examine how identity is influenced or changed 1-3 years after a leg amputation in the age of 65-80 years. The social constructivism, that community and individuals interact with each other, theories that describe how the identity is influenced by this social interaction, how the identity for example is expressed by the human body and views about ageing and disability were applied in this study. The investigation was grounded on interviews with open questions. Nine persons, in the age of 65-80 years, 1-3 years after the amputation, were interviewed about their own thoughts of the amputation, restrictions and daily life, requiring assistance from their families and friends. In my investigation most of the interviewed persons described their identity as the same as it was before the amputation and they had a positive approach to life. The interaction between the individual and the community made habits and experience of treatment before the amputation important. There is a
difference between my result in this study and my experience from my work as a welfare officer at the hospital. In my work patients often say that they have a more negative approach to life, that they feel different, and have more difficulties. They also say that there is more change of their identity after the amputation. The persons experience has to be understood in their context, both in which situation they talk about their identity and how the community around them looks like. The
results of this study agree with earlier findings. 

Key words: Leg amputation, disablement, identity, aging, participation,
adjustment.},
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  keyword      = {Leg amputation,disablement,identity,aging,participation,adjustment.},
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Benamputation och identitetsförändring},
  year         = {2011},
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