Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Ben Atchison

Second Advisor

Justin DeSousa


The aim of this study was to determine external factors leading to resumption of occupations after acquired amputation. In this paper, occupation is defined as the role and activity a person deems necessary for daily living. The working hypothesis is that there are external factors that enable prosthesis wearers to resume relevant occupations.

Methods: The design of this study included a qualitative (phenomenological) approach. Following HISRB approval, a convenience sample of two participants was enrolled in the study. The subjects were active clients of a prosthetic training program and met the industry criteria of an acquired amputation and regular use of a prosthetic. Following a digital recording, interviews with a digital recorder were completed and transcribed. Analysis was accomplished by independent review of two researchers, followed by simultaneous sharing of themes identified to refine data analysis into working themes. Results indicated emergence of internal factors that, while not the focus of the study, yielded helpful data. External factors that emerged including: Learn to Fall, Finding Occupational Balance, Empathy Motivates, Developing a Support Group, 'Disabled' Stigma, Blessing in Disguise, and Saw it Coming.

Conclusion: External Factors leading to success can be determined from the perceptions of the prosthetic user which can lead to person centered goal development.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

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