Family satisfaction predicts life satisfaction trajectories over the first 5 years after traumatic brain injury. Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVES: Examined the influence of functional impairment, stable marital status, and family satisfaction on life satisfaction trajectories for 609 individuals (435 men, 174 women) over the first 5 years after traumatic brain injury (TBI). MEASURES: Participants completed the Family Satisfaction Scale (FSS), Functional Independence Measure (FIM), and the Life Satisfaction Index (LSI) at years 1, 2, 4, and 5 after sustaining a TBI. RESULTS: Trajectory modeling revealed that higher family satisfaction was associated with increases in life satisfaction for individuals with less functional impairment. Stable marital status was not significantly associated with life satisfaction trajectories. IMPLICATIONS: Family satisfaction appears to have pronounced beneficial effects on life satisfaction for persons with less functional impairment after TBI regardless of marital status. In contrast, a stable marriage appears to have no apparent benefits to self-reported life satisfaction over the first 5 years post-TBI. Theoretical and clinical implications of these results are discussed.

published proceedings

  • Rehabil Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Johnson, C. L., Resch, J. A., Elliott, T. R., Villarreal, V., Kwok, O., Berry, J. W., & Underhill, A. T.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Johnson, Caitlin L||Resch, J Aaron||Elliott, Timothy R||Villarreal, Victor||Kwok, Oi-Man||Berry, Jack W||Underhill, Andrea T

publication date

  • May 2010