LIVED EXPERIENCES AND SELF-WORTH OF SELECTED FILIPINOS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

Mary Joyce Agaton | Jarmaine Dayao | Carińez Dela Cruz |

September 24, 2019
Psychology

The purpose of this study is to identify the self worth that the people with disabilities have and also to describe the experiences they have encountered. Using purposive sampling, ten Filipinos with physical disabilities from Tahanang Walang Hagdanan are selected as participants. In the selection of the informants, two requirements surfaced: they must be wheelchair bound and all are in their adulthood stage. The researchers used a self- designed questionnaire that is associated with the people with disabilities. It was found in the study that people in general play important roles in society including the people with disabilities. Their disability became a bridge for them to appreciate their lives more. In conclusion, people with disabilities believed that they are more likely to be perceived by able-bodied individuals as pitiful and somehow useless in the society, this perception caused people with disabilities to strive more in achieving something with their lives despite their disability.

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