Herna?ndez, Caitlin Louise (2012-08). Role of Family Satisfaction in Predicting Life Satisfaction Trajectories Over the First Five Years Following Acquired Disability. Doctoral Dissertation. Thesis uri icon


  • This study aimed to model the trajectories of life satisfaction as influenced by functional impairment and family satisfaction over a five-year period following spinal cord injury, severe burns, and lower-extremity fractures. Marital status and injury type were included to estimate predicted life satisfaction over the five-year period post-injury. Measures: Six-hundred sixty-two participants completed the Functional Independence Measure, Family Satisfaction Scale, and Life Satisfaction Inventory at 12, 24, 48, and 60 months post-injury. Results: Family satisfaction was a consistent predictor of life satisfaction across models. Consistent with past research (Resch et al., 2009), functional impairment was significantly predictive of life satisfaction. Conclusions: Individuals predicted to be most at risk were those individuals with severe burns, who were divorced or separated, with low family satisfaction, and/or high functional impairment.

publication date

  • August 2012