Abuse and health in individuals with spinal cord injury and dysfunction

Dena Hassouneh, Ginger Hanson, Nancy Perrin, Elizabeth McNeff

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate abuse of individuals with spinal cord injury or dysfunction (SCI/D) by: 1) estimating the percentage of individuals who experience abuse; 2) exploring predictors of abuse; and 3) exploring the impact of abuse on health in members of this population. To achieve these aims, we used a descriptive cross-sectional design and surveyed 290 participants. Participants reported high rates of abuse. Predictors of abuse during adulthood included physical dependency, a history of childhood abuse, and a history of previous abuse as an adult with SCI/D. Abuse significantly predicted negative mental health outcomes in this population.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)3-9
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jul 1 2008

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Rehabilitation
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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