Psychological Status During Inpatient Rehabilitation and One Year After Onset: Stress, Coping, and Expectation - Hope for Recovery

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Lesley Hudson
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Newly injured with traumatic spinal cord injury
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The purpose of this study is to identify the relationship between stress - coping during inpatient rehabilitation for traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and its relationship with psychological status during hospitalization and at one year post injury. There are five parameters to the stress coping model including: the stressful event itself, attributions, personality, coping strategies, and social support. We have focused particular attention on the types of attributions individuals make about the seriousness, permanence, and availability of treatments to help recover from SCI. We are measuring several types of psychological outcomes that include life satisfaction, purpose in life, and depressive symptoms. The study is being conducted at the Shepherd center and we have collected data on over 200 individuals with new SCI. Early results suggest that most individuals maintain hope for recovery, although there are much wider variations on the extent to which people believe SCI is serious and permanent. The results of the study will help rehabilitation professionals to understand the ramifications of how individuals cope with their SCI, in particular the amount of emphasis they place on cure and recovery, with how they ultimately will adapt to their injuries.