Coping with sudden blindness

Rudolf Hoehn-Saric, Elizabeth Frank, Lawrence W. Hirst, Charlotte G. Seltser

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The case of a college student totally blinded in an accidental shooting who achieved a remarkably rapid and effective adjustment presented a rare opportunity to study the adaptive capacity of a previously well adjusted person to sudden disaster. Important factors included the patient’s extroverted, optimistic personality, the support of a cohesive family, strongly united by shared beliefs and values, the hospital staffs unequivocal acknowledgment of the irreversibility of the injury, and immediate involvement of a rehabilitation counselor. The ability to find meaning and purpose in adversity, shared by successfully rehabilitated prisoners of war or war-injured soldiers and by survivors of concentration camps, appeared to be the most crucial factor of all in the readjustment process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)662-665
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume169
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1981

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Prisoners of War
Concentration Camps
Social Adjustment
Aptitude
Military Personnel
Disasters
Blindness
Personality
Survivors
Rehabilitation
Students
Wounds and Injuries
Warfare
Counselors

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Hoehn-Saric, R., Frank, E., Hirst, L. W., & Seltser, C. G. (1981). Coping with sudden blindness. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 169(10), 662-665.

Coping with sudden blindness. / Hoehn-Saric, Rudolf; Frank, Elizabeth; Hirst, Lawrence W.; Seltser, Charlotte G.

In: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol. 169, No. 10, 1981, p. 662-665.

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Hoehn-Saric, R, Frank, E, Hirst, LW & Seltser, CG 1981, 'Coping with sudden blindness', Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, vol. 169, no. 10, pp. 662-665.
Hoehn-Saric R, Frank E, Hirst LW, Seltser CG. Coping with sudden blindness. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 1981;169(10):662-665.
Hoehn-Saric, Rudolf ; Frank, Elizabeth ; Hirst, Lawrence W. ; Seltser, Charlotte G. / Coping with sudden blindness. In: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 1981 ; Vol. 169, No. 10. pp. 662-665.
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