The meaning of gender while aging with paralytic polio

Tracie Harrison, Alexa Stuifbergen, Janiece Walker, Tiffany Scott, Robin Choban

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The purpose of this article is to report the influence of gender on aging with childhood onset paralytic polio. The hermeneutic phenomenological exploration of gender was done using multiple qualitative interviews with 25 women, age 55 to 75 years of age, who had polio since before 14 years of age. We noted three themes: (a) the movement of her body, (b) integrating body and gender, and (c) gender discrepancies. Findings are discussed in the context of gendered expectations and the women's bodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-158
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 14 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging with disability
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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