Predicting depression and psychological distress in persons with spinal cord injury based on indicators of handicap

Short Title:
Predicting depression and psychological distress in persons with spinal cord injury based on indicators of handicap
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J28626.
Journal:
American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
1994, vol. 73, issue 3, pp 175-183
Publication Website:
Abstract:
Study exploring whether subjective and objective experiences of handicap influence levels of depression and distress among persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) during the years after initial discharge from rehabilitation. Data were collected from 163 subjects, 17 to 65 years of age, who were 2 to 7 years post injury. Measures of depression, psychological distress, and handicap were collected during two consecutive years. Subjects who were depressed/distressed reported spending more hours in bed, fewer days out of the house, and receiving more paid personal care assistance than did other subjects. They also had higher annual medical expenses and reported less access to readily available transportation. Scores on the Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique (CHART), an objective measure of handicap, and the Perceived Handicap Questionnaire (PHQ), a measure of subjects' self perceived handicap, both were among the strongest predictors of depression and distress after discharge in the subjects with SCI.
Author(s):
Tate, D.; Forchheimer, M.; Maynard, F.; Dijkers, M.
Author Address(es):

Some items may be available for document delivery from the National Rehabilitation Information Center. Make a note of the title and any accession number and contact NARIC at 800-346-2742 to request a copy. There is a charge for document delivery from the NARIC collection.