Exploring the Experiences of People with Disabilities in Korea before and after Using Personal Assistance Services

장애인의 활동보조서비스 이용 이후 삶의 변화에 대한 연구: 신체적, 심리적, 사회관계적 측면을 중심으로

  • Published : 2005.11.30


The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of people with disabilities using Personal Assistance Services (PAS) in Korea. A qualitative study based on face-to-face interviews with people with mobility disabilities was conducted. Nine consumers with disabilities participated in the study. Study participants pointed out five changes in their life after using PAS: 1) increase in daily life activities, 2) increased perceived control, 3)increased psychological self-reliance, 4) growth of relationships with others in terms of both degree and frequency, and 5) more equalized relationships with family, Finally, article makes recommendations regarding the future provision of PAS.