The Roy Adaptation Model Essay

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The Roy Adaptation Model

Roy began work on her theory in the 1960s. She drew from existing work of a physiological psychologist, and behavioral, systems and role theorists. She was keenly interested in the psycho/social aspects of the person from the start and concentrated her education on this aspect of Person. Thus, the language/thinking of psychology and sociology became second nature to her. The need for intense study of the language and ideas behind Roy's Adaptation Model is its biggest drawback in applying it to many clinical areas. The confusion in the physiological mode's categories could be explained by her concentrating on the psych social during her education. In 1980, Roy and Reihl advocated a single unified model of
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Self esteem, or faith in their own ability to care for themselves and make the right decisions; is low. The doctor or nurse always knows or is right. For example, in the PACU, when we question some patients about their past health and how they feel now, it's very common to hear 'I don't know, you should ask my doctor.' When they are reassured that it is their opinion I want, they will answer. If I express surprise that they have suffered so much, for so long, they often say something to the effect of: "I figured if the doctor wanted me to have more treatment/painkiller, he would have given it to me." To paraphrase H. Jack Geiger, a civil rights worker: "Of all the injuries inflicted on the oppressed people, the most corrosive wound within, the internalized oppression that leads some victims, at an unspeakable cost to their own sense of self, to embrace the values of their oppressors."

Roy - Health

Roy's original model says that health is on a health-illness continuum from wellness to death. The degree of health or illness that the system experiences is an inevitable dimension of a person's life. The Roman Catholic
Church, with it's fatalistic view of Human Life may have influenced Roy. Currently, Roy defines Health as a process of becoming an integrated and whole person and a process of being. Health is the goal of the person's behaviour and the person's ability to be an adaptive organism. Adaptation is a process of responding