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date: 13 May 2021

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This chapter proposes a rationale for a positive psychology of physical disability, one in which theoretical constructs serve theory development, operationalization, investigation, and theory testing. It then reviews levels of analysis for exploring positive psychology’s link to physical disability and discusses select positive precursors, research-based principles, and key themes for building a positive psychology of physical disability. It argues for comprehensive theory and models for conducting rigorous research linking positive psychological constructs to psychosocial and behavioral aspects of physical disability. It then reviews nascent research concerning a neuropsychological basis for resiliency following disabling injury, and closes by identifying future directions for a positive psychology of physical disability.

Keywords: physical disability, positive psychology, rehabilitation psychology, person-environment relation, insider-outsider perspectives, resiliency, constraint-induced movement therapy

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