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An investigation on the status of resilience amongst adults with blindness in Addis Ababa

Tsigie G. Zegeye
African Journal of Disability | Vol 9 | a628 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajod.v9i0.628 | © 2020 Tsigie G. Zegeye | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 April 2019 | Published: 10 November 2020

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Tsigie G. Zegeye, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia


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Abstract

Background: Living with blindness for anyone, whether educated or uneducated, rich or poor, with adequate support or without it is seriously limiting. The quality of life of people with blindness is significantly influenced by the level of resilience they possess. The status of resilience of adults with blindness living in Addis Ababa is not known.

Objectives: Against this backdrop, this study was designed to explore the level of resilience of Adults living with blindness. The influence of some demographics on resilience was also examined.

Method: Survey design was employed to carry out the intended objectives of this stud. Data was collected from a random sample of 220 adults with blindness living in Addis Ababa using Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale. Descriptive statistics, t-test and one way ANOVA followed by Scheffe post hoc comparisons were used to analyse the data.

Results: The results revealed that the level of resilience of adults with blindness was found below the average score with a mean score of 46.11. Participants’ gender, time of onset of blindness, marital status and education seemed to influence resilience of blind adults.

Conclusion: Adults having blindness currently living in Addis Ababa are less resilient than needed. Resilience of adults with blindness is differentiated by their demographic characteristics. These people need an integrated effort to enhance their resilience capacity by reducing the barriers and challenges they encounter and promoting protective resources through the different wings of disability related services.


Keywords

resilience; adults; blindness; demographics; quality of life

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