Social Problem-Solving Abilities and Adjustment to Recent-Onset Spinal Cord Injury
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Objective: To examine the relation of social problem-solving abilities to psychological and physical adjustment of persons with recent spinal cord injuries (SCIs). Design: Correlational procedures were used. Participants: One hundred eighty-six persons with recent SCI completed self-report measures during inpatient rehabilitation; 94 returned for an annual evaluation. Main Outcome Measures: Acceptance of disability, career needs, and pressure sore diagnoses. Results: Greater negative problem orientation predicted each self- report outcome variable; completeness of lesion was the best predictor of pressure sore diagnosis. Conclusions: The problem orientation component appears to relate to self-reported adjustment among persons with SCI in a theoretically consistent fashion.
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