Social Support and Depression Following Spinal Cord Injury Academic Article uri icon


  • Examined the associations of different social relationships with depressive behavior among 182 persons with acquired spinal cord injuries. A cross-sectional design was utilized to investigate possible differential effects across time since the onset of injury. Relationships which reassured the worth of the individual were predictive of lower depression scores. To a lesser extent, relationships providing a sense of social integration were also associated with lower depression scores. Results are discussed as they pertain to adjustment following acquired disability and theoretical models of social support.

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  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Elliott, T. R., Herrick, S. M., Witty, T. E., Godshall, F., & Spruell, M.

citation count

  • 63

publication date

  • January 1992