Disabled person: construction of concept by this population

  • Lorita Marlena Freitag Pagliuca
  • Paula Marciana Pinheiro de Oliveira
  • Monaliza Ribeiro Mariano
  • Jacqueline Mota da Silva
  • Paulo Cesar de Almeida
  • Giselly Oseni Barbosa Oliveira


Objective: to build the concept of disabled person. Methods: study of analysis of concept using the phases field work and statistical analysis with 120 individuals divided into three groups of 40 people with hearing, visual and motor disability. Results: there was predomination of men (68%), 18-29 years old (55%), with superior education (35%) and married/common-law married (75%). The attribute accepted was person with limitation and still able to perform activity, with a difference between groups (p = 0.018); the keyword accepted was limitation (p = 0.001); the expression was disabled person, with intergroup difference (p = 0.013). Concept of choice by group was deaf (97.51%); blind (45%) and person with visual disability (45%) and; person with physical disability (27.5%). Conclusion: attributes, keywords used in the literature and public policy were not accepted. They prefer to be called deaf; blind or visually impaired; They reject people with motor disability and wheelchair user.

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