Personality and life adjustment after spinal cord injury: An exploratory study

J. Stuart Krause, Daniel E. Rohe

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This study identified the relationship between personality and multiple components of life adjustment after spinal cord injury (SCI). One hundred five men completed the NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI), a measure of personality. In general, the NEO-PI accounted for the greatest amount of variance of scales reflecting general adaptation. Of the global domains, only two scales were strongly associated with the SCI outcomes. Among the NEO-PI facet scales, Depression was correlated with the greatest number of outcomes, whereas Warmth, Positive Emotions, Actions, and Values were correlated with superior outcomes. These findings suggest that assessment of personality is an invaluable aid in predicting long-term outcomes after SCI and should remain a priority in diverse rehabilitation settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-130
Number of pages13
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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