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Research Article  |   January 1998
Community Integration and Life Satisfaction After Traumatic Brain Injury: Long-Term Findings
Author Affiliations
  • Susan A. Burleigh, MS, OTR/L, is Program Director, ReMed Recovery Care Centers, 780 West Lancaster Avenue, Suite 103, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
  • Ruth S. Farber, MSW, PhD, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Temple University, College of Allied Health Professions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Marian Gillard, MS, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Temple University, College of Allied Health Professions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Article Information
Neurologic Conditions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Special Issue on Community Health / Carolyn Baum, Mary Law, Guest Editors
Research Article   |   January 1998
Community Integration and Life Satisfaction After Traumatic Brain Injury: Long-Term Findings
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1998, Vol. 52, 45-52. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.1.45
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1998, Vol. 52, 45-52. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.1.45
Abstract

Objective. This study examines the relationship of the degree of community integration to the life satisfaction of persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Method. The responses to two self-administered questionnaires measuring aspects of community integration and life satisfaction were studied for 30 persons with TBI who were 26 to 60 years of age.

Results. A significant relationship (rho = .37, p < .05) was found between life satisfaction and social integration (a component of community integration). No significant association was found between the total community integration score and life satisfaction.

Conclusion. The results suggest the need for rehabilitation programs to provide long-term assistance with community-based social integration as well as more effective treatment strategies to develop these skills in persons with TBI.