The Relationship of Spirituality and Depression to Health Among People with Spinal Cord Injury

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Topics in Spinal Cord Injury
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2007, vol. 12, issue , pp 23-24
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This article evaluates the dynamics of spirituality in an aging sample of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). We found that the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapies—Spiritual (FACIT-SP), a commonly used measure of spirituality in other populations, is a valid instrument when used among people with SCI. Age and chronicity did not appear to be associated with spiritual well-being, which was predictive of perceived health status. FACIT-SP scores also explained a significant amount of the variance in scores on the Life Situation Index–Z (LSI-Z), a measure of global life satisfaction, incremental to that explained by measures of depression, perceived health status, and interpersonal support.
Forchheimer, M.B.; Tate, D.G.
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