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Title:The Essential Role of Spirituality in Living With an Acquired Physical Disability
Author(s):Zhang, Dongdong
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Nancy B. Hertzog
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Therapy
Abstract:Using essentialist portraiture, this study explored the essential role of spirituality in the lives of four participants with an acquired physical disability. Participants' experiences of their spirituality in living with disabilities, their spiritual awareness, expressions, and realizations were presented in the individual portraits. Two common aspects regarding the role of participants' spirituality in living with disabilities were revealed. First, participants' spirituality was expanded and deepened after acquiring a disability. Second, the four participants transcended their disabilities. Rather than viewing their disabilities as losses and tragedies, they used them as excellent opportunities for spiritual elevation. The implications for the field of special education and practitioners were also discussed.
Issue Date:2006
Description:144 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3223761
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2006

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