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Pain, mental health, life satisfaction, and understanding from others in veterans with spinal cord injury

APA Citation:

Watson, J. D. K., McDonald, S. D., Henry, R. S., Pugh, M., Jr., Kuzu, D., & Perrin, P. B. (2022). Pain, mental health, life satisfaction, and understanding from others in veterans with spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 67(3), 337-343. https://doi.org/10.1037/rep0000430

Abstract Created by REACH:

Using data from 221 Veterans with spinal cord injuries, this study examined how Veterans’ physical pain and their perceptions of others’ understanding of their health challenges and abilities (henceforth “understanding from others”) affected their mental health symptom severity (i.e., anxiety and depressive symptoms) and life satisfaction. Veterans completed questionnaires on their physical pain, understanding from others, mental health symptom severity, and life satisfaction. Overall, after accounting for age and time since their injury, Veterans who experienced more physical pain and perceived less understanding from others generally reported more mental health symptoms and less life satisfaction than Veterans with less pain and greater perceptions of understanding from others.

Focus:

Mental health
Physical health
Veterans

Branch of Service:

Multiple branches

Military Affiliation:

Veteran

Subject Affiliation:

Veteran

Population:

Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
Young adulthood (18 - 29 yrs)
Thirties (30 - 39 yrs)
Middle age (40 - 64 yrs)
Aged (65 yrs & older)

Methodology:

Cross-Sectional Study
Quantitative Study

Authors:

Watson, Jack D. K., McDonald, Scott D., Henry, Richard S., Pugh Jr, Mickeal, Kuzu, Duygu, Perrin, Paul B.

Abstract:

Purpose/Objective: This study evaluated the relationships among pain, mental health symptom severity, life satisfaction, and understanding from others in veterans with spinal cord injury (SCI). Research Method/Design: A sample of 221 individuals with SCI were interviewed by a psychologist during their annual evaluation in a Veterans Affairs medical center in an urban Mid-Atlantic region. Participants completed single-item, Likert-scale measures of life satisfaction (McGuire Health Impact on Participation [M-HIP]), pain severity (M-HIP), and understanding of others (from a modified Appraisals of DisAbility Primary and Secondary Scale-Short Form [ADAPSS-sf]), along with the Patient Health Questionnaire-4 (PHQ-4), a measure of mental health symptom severity. Results: In linear regression models, pain (

Publisher/Sponsoring Organization:

American Psychological Association

Publication Type:

Article
REACH Publication
Featured Research

Author Affiliation:

Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, JDKW
Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, SCM
Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, RSH
Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, MP
Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, DK
Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, PBP
Mental Health Service, Central Virginia VA Health Care System, JDKW
Mental Health Service, Central Virginia VA Health Care System, SDM
Mental Health Service, Central Virginia VA Health Care System, PBP
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, SDM
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, PBP
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, DK

Keywords:

spinal cord injury, social support, understanding

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Research Summary

REACH Newsletter:

  December 2022

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