Rural versus urban social support seeking as a moderating variable in traumatic brain injury outcome

Short Title:
Rural versus urban social support seeking as a moderating variable in traumatic brain injury outcome
Model System:
TBI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J46704.
Journal:
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2003, vol. 18, issue 2, pp 116-127
Publication Website:
Abstract:
Study investigated the relationship between: (1) personal beliefs about seeking social support and (2) demographic and injury variables, level of community integration, and quality of life among individuals with TBI. Fifty-six adults with TBI who were more than 6 months postinjury and living in the community completed the Hesitation Scale, a survey that assesses reasons that people might hesitate to reach out to others in the community, and portions of the Living Life After Traumatic Brain Injury Scale. Results indicated that negative attitudes and beliefs about seeking social support were significantly related to lower perceptions of social support, lower ratings of quality of life, longer time since injury, being divorced or separated, and living in an urban area. Predictors of higher quality of life included positive appraisals about seeking social support, living in a rural area, and the ability to engage in productive activity.
Author(s):
Farmer, Janet E.; Clark, Mary J.; Sherman, Ashley K.
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