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 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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