Short Tilte:Quality of life after spinal cord injury: developmental issues in late adolescence and young adulthood
Journal:Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):00, 6, , S155-169
Study using a cross-sectional design to examine overall quality of life (QOL) and specific age-related tasks (e.g., dating, paid employment), among young adults with traumatic-onset spinal cord injury (SCI). Participants were 630 individuals age 18-27, who were divided into 4 groups based on age (18-22, 23-27) and injury duration (1-2 years, 5 or more years). Results indicate that higher overall QOL was positively associated with longer injury duration, Analysis of specific tasks showed a combination of injury duration, age, and interaction effects. This paper is part of the Proceedings of the Howard H. Steel Conference on Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury, held December 3-5, 1999 in Rancho Mirage, CA.