Life satisfaction 6–15 years after a traumatic brain injury
Lars Jacobsson, Jan Lexell
Medical Rehabilitation Section, Department of General Medicine, Kalix Hospital, Kalix, Sweden. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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