Article: PDF OnlyPositive meaning in amputation and thoughts about the amputated limbGallagher, P.1; MacLachlan, M.1, Author Information 1Trinity PsychoProsthetics Group, Department of Psychology, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland Department of Psychology, Trinity College, Aras an Phiarsaigh, Dublin 2, Ireland, (+353) 1–6081453, (+353) 1–6712006 [email protected] Prosthetics and Orthotics International: December 2000 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 196-204 doi: 10.1080/03093640008726548 Buy Metrics Abstract The majority of research conducted on the aftermath of amputation understandably concerns itself with its most distressing aspects. This research aimed to explore whether and how people think about their amputated limb, and whether and if they considered anything good had emerged from their amputation. One hundred and four (104) people completed the Trinity Amputation and Prosthesis Experience Scales (TAPES) and two openended questions. The majority of participants were young and had traumatic amputations. Fiftysix percent (56%) of people thought about their amputated limb. People with bilateral or a transfemoral amputation were more likely to think about their amputated limb than people with a transtibial amputation. Fortyeight percent (48%) considered that something good had happened as a result of the amputation. Furthermore, finding positive meaning was significantly associated with more favourable physical capabilities and health ratings, lower levels of Athletic Activity Restriction and higher levels of Adjustment to Limitation. Future research and clinical implications are discussed. © International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics 2000.