Date of Award


Publication Type

Doctoral Thesis

Degree Name





Psychology, Clinical.




Psychosocial functioning was examined in 57 severely head injured patients at least two years after the termination of post-traumatic amnesia. A group of 50 nonbrain-damaged spinal cord injured patients matched on age, education, sex, premorbid socioeconomic status, and marital status served as controls. Results on the Katz Adjustment Scale - Relative's Form indicated that only some of the difficulties commonly reported after closed head injury are more frequent with head injury than with spinal cord injury. Results on the Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness Scale - Self-Report form suggested that the head injured patients minimized many of their difficulties. Head injured patients showed a greater drop in pre- to post-injury socioeconomic status than did spinal cord injured patients. Premorbid education and injury severity were associated with post-injury socioeconomic status in both groups. The results suggest that long-term outcome after severe closed head injury is not only correlated with severity of brain injury. Factors such as premorbid characteristics and the presence of a chronic stability may also be important. However, brain injury appears to exacerbate certain difficulties beyond the point that they are experienced by other chronically disabled individuals.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .P375. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 52-11, Section: B, page: 6093. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.