Research Reports - Life satisfaction 6-15 years after a traumatic brain injury

J Rehabil Med. 2013 Aug 27

Jacobsson L, Lexell J

Objectives: To assess satisfaction with life as a whole and 10 domains of life
satisfaction in Swedish individuals after a traumatic brain injury, to describe
the relationship with demographic, social and injury related variables, and to
compare the level of life satisfaction with a Swedish reference sample. Subjects:
Fifty-one men and sixteen women, 6-15 years after a traumatic brain injury.
Methods: Life Satisfaction Questionnaire (LiSat-11). Results: Many of the
participants were, to some degree, satisfied with life as a whole and with all 10
domains of life satisfaction, but significantly less satisfied with life as whole
and with 6 of the other 10 domains of life satisfaction in comparison with the
Swedish reference sample. The participants' sex, injury severity or years
post-injury was not related to any domains in LiSat-11, whereas age at time of
injury, marital status and vocational situation were significantly related to a
few of the domains. Conclusion: This study shows that life satisfaction can be
affected several years after a traumatic brain injury. It appears that
individuals who are married or cohabiting and productive had higher life
satisfaction. This implies that regaining social participation is an important
factor for life satisfaction many years after a traumatic brain injury.

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