Predicting Life Satisfaction Among Adults With Spinal Cord Injuries

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This study examined life satisfaction among 91 adults with spinal cord injury (SCI) through structured personal interviews that used the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale, the Life 3 Measure, and a number of items related to satisfaction with various life domains. Results suggest leisure satisfaction was the most significant predictor of life satisfaction, explaining 43% of the variance in the life satisfaction scores; an additional 16% of the variance was explained by self-esteem and health satisfaction. Findings highlight the role of leisure satisfaction in enhancing life satisfaction among individuals with SCI, given the high unemployment rate in this population. Discussion centers on the potential contribution of therapeutic recreation and leisure education services for individuals with SCI during their acute rehabilitation and upon community reentry.

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