Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Scott H. Beck

Committee Members

Martha Copp, Leslie A. McCallister


An online survey was completed by 40 adolescents and young adults (ages 12 to 22) with physical disabilities for the purpose of exploring their social experiences. The survey focuses on key variables associated with individual identity, group identity, social relationships and activities, and future aspirations. Positive outcome variables were explored including: self-esteem, self-efficacy, body satisfaction, cultural identity, relationship quality, activity participation, and future orientation. Independent variables included sex, population size, ability level, and proximity to disability. Ability level proved to be the most predictive of positive outcomes. Sex, population size, and proximity to disability exhibited small associations to some of the outcome variables.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


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