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Traumatic amputation: Psychosocial adjustment of six Army women to loss of one or more limbs

Janet K. Cater, PhD, CRC

This is an interview research study with six female U.S. Army/Army National Guard veterans. It briefly describes their journey of adaptation to the traumatic amputation of one or more limbs, with five losing limbs in combat. They reported that physical adjustment, personal safety fears, body image issues, grief, and loss were issues they struggled with after limb loss. Social support, recovery in a military culture, a sense of humor, personal courage, a positive attitude, resiliency, and the belief this loss had meaning were key to their adaptation to life with limb loss.

Volume 49 Number 10, 2012
   Pages 1443 — 1456


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This article and any supplemental material should be cited as follows:
Cater JK. Traumatic amputation: Psychosocial adjustment of six Army women to loss of one or more limbs. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(10):1443–56.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.12.0228
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