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1st Edition

Psychological Management of Physical Disabilities
A Practitioner's Guide

Edited By

Paul Kennedy

ISBN 9781583917138
Published March 7, 2007 by Routledge
296 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The successful integration of psychological factors into the management of physical disabilities is critical to successful health-care delivery. This book provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to the best practice and approaches in this field.

Paul Kennedy brings together contributions from a range of experienced researchers and practitioners, who explore the emotional, motivational and psychological factors associated with the rehabilitation and treatment of people with a range of physical disabilities, including spinal cord injury, stroke, and chronic pain. The book is divided into three sections, covering:

  • the scope of psychological processes in physical rehabilitation
  • psychological applications and practitioner perspectives
  • general organizational challenges and developments.

The Psychological Management of Physical Disabilities will be of great interest to all clinical psychologists, health psychologists, occupational therapists, counsellors, physiotherapists, physicians and rehabilitation nurses. Service providers know how important psychological factors are. This book explains why and how psychological models and research can support rehabilitation and improve individual well-being.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Scope of Psychological Processes in Physical Rehabilitation.  Introduction, Context and Overview Kennedy.  Why Psychology is Important in Rehabilitation Elliott and Warren.  Coping and Cognitive Behavioural Models in Physical and Psychological Rehabilitation Elfstr√∂m  Part 2: Psychological Applications and Practitioner Perspectives.  Psychological Aspects of Stroke Barton.  The Psychological Management of Persistent (Chronic) Pain Williams and Clyde.  Spinal Cord Injuries Webster and Kennedy.  Respiratory Rehabilitation Fischer, Scharloo and Kaptein.  Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Bennett.  Primary Care and Rehabilitation Frank and Lee.  Sexual Aspects of Physical Disability Henshaw.  Part 3: General Organisational Challenges and Developments.  Adherence to Medical Regimens Erlen and Caruthers.  Rehabilitation Planning Duff.  Innovations in Technology and their Application to Rehabilitation Slavin

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Paul Kennedy is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford and Academic Director of the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, UK.


"Concise and well written, this is an excellent introduction to the subject for undergraduates and a useful review for all veterans who wish to check that they are up to date. I found it extremely informative and inspiring. Indeed, in my 30 year career, this is one of the most enjoyable academic texts I've read." - Ellen Goudsmit, The Psychologist, Vol. 24, No. 4, April 2008