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.


people with disabilities;personal assistance services