Resilience in Survivors of Traumatic Limb Loss


  • Beth Richie
  • Angela Ferguson
  • Maria Gomez
  • Dalia Khoury
  • Zahabia Adamaly



Trauma, recovery, life stages


Landmine Survivors Network (LSN) is a global network of survivors helping mine victims heal, recover, and reclaim lives. LSN conducts research to determine what creates a 'successful' survivor that is, one who overcomes trauma and experiences physical and psychological health. Throughout the life course, the means to achieve this success differs. LSN studied the impact of environmental risk factors, coping strategies, and resilience characteristics of limb loss survivors in six landmine-affected countries and the United States. In depth interviews of 89 participants, including people with limb loss, their family members and service providers, were analyzed using grounded theory strategies (Strauss and Corbin, 1990). A dynamic six factor model of recovery emerged and indicated significant variation depending on life stage. Programs intended to facilitate recovery need to be comprehensive and address the individual's stage specific physical, psychological, economic and social needs within the context of family, community, and the socio cultural environment at large.




How to Cite

Richie, B., Ferguson, A., Gomez, M., Khoury, D., & Adamaly, Z. (2003). Resilience in Survivors of Traumatic Limb Loss. Disability Studies Quarterly, 23(2).