The Determinants of the Rural Disabled Person’s Behavior of Receiving Rehabilitation


People with disabilities in rural areas form a special social group in straitened circumstances. They are suffering from impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions, which make their situation more severe. As a basic civil right for the disabled, rehabilitation service is an important approach to the recovery of their health and a great help for them to step into society confidently. The objective of this study is to survey the rural disabled people with regard to the important factors that affect their behavior of receiving rehabilitation. 373 questionnaires were sent out and 360 questionnaires were returned (96.5% return rate). The regression analysis was used to analyze the determinants of receiving rehabilitation. The Binary Logistic Regression Model showed that individual factors, family factors, disability characteristic factors and cognitive factors had significant influence on the choice of rehabilitation for the rural disabled. Among these factors, the variables like level of education (P < 0.01), life not fully providing for oneself (P < 0.05), level of understanding of rehabilitation service (P < 0.01), degree of satisfaction about work on the disabled (P < 0.05), cognition of rehabilitation demand (P < 0.01), and net income of households (P < 0.1) had significantly positive correlation with the choice. While other variables like the number of the disabled in a family (P < 0.01) and congenital disability (P < 0.01) had significantly negative correlation with the choice. Rehabilitation for the people with disabilities could be improved by enhancing the education of the disabled in rural areas, paying more attention to impoverished disabled family, perfecting and enforcing implement of the rehabilitation policies, raising the work efficiency of the relative agents, and advocating the rehabilitation policies more sufficiently.

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Luo, X. , Wu, X. , Liang, S. and Bu, P. (2015) The Determinants of the Rural Disabled Person’s Behavior of Receiving Rehabilitation. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 3, 232-241. doi: 10.4236/jss.2015.39031.

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