The impact of emotional support offered during rehabilitation on the long-term quality of life and satisfaction with living of individuals with spinal cord injury : an exploratory study of individuals re-employed in the South African National Defence Force

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dc.contributor.advisor Mji, G.
dc.contributor.advisor Visagie, S. J.
dc.contributor.author Parker, S.
dc.contributor.other University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Health Sciences. Dept. of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy. Centre for Rehabilitation Studies of the University of Stellenbosch (CRS-US).
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-23T12:52:53Z en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-01T09:06:01Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-23T12:52:53Z en_ZA
dc.date.available 2010-06-01T09:06:01Z
dc.date.issued 2005-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/3091
dc.description Thesis (MScMedSc (Rehabilitation))--University of Stellenbosch, 2005.
dc.description.abstract Many South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers have suffered spinal cord injury either in the line of duty or otherwise. This injury affects all spheres of life (physical, emotional, social and psychological). Servicemen are often considered heroes of their country and are often the ones who need to set aside their emotions in order to fulfil their roles as soldiers. However, it is anticipated that a permanent impairment/disability e.g. SCI will have an impact on their quality of life (QOL) and satisfaction with living (SWL). This study aims to explore whether emotional support offered to soldiers with spinal cord injury (SCI) during rehabilitation improve their long-term QOL and SWL. Thirteen soldiers who have been re-employed post injury were asked to complete a selfcompiled, self-administered questionnaire regarding the emotional support offered during rehabilitation and the impact thereof on long-term QOL and SWL. The questionnaire focused on their ratings of the QOL and SWL in different areas of their lives and circumstances and asked what they would advise newly injured individuals regarding SCI and rehabilitation. Data was analysed using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. Pearson’s chi-square test and the M-L chi-square tests were used to analyse the data with the Statistica programme. A p-value of < 0.05 were calculated as statistically significant. Emotional support during rehabilitation showed a significant impact on QOL (p=0.0497). Ninety-two percent (n=12) of participants rated their QOL as good or excellent while 77% (n=10) rated their SWL as good. Participants who were older than 26 reported a significantly higher rate of SWL than younger ones (p=0.0292). Furthermore, results showed that the family was the most constant source of support during rehabilitation (54%, n=7). Despite that, 77% (n=10) of participants felt that they received excellent emotional support from the rehabilitation team. The study results are intended to facilitate growth and development in the rehabilitation process and guide professionals in the offering of emotional support. en
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch
dc.subject Dissertations -- Rehabilitation en
dc.subject Theses -- Rehabilitation en
dc.subject South Africa. National Defence Force en
dc.subject Spinal cord -- Wounds and injuries en
dc.subject Soldiers -- Rehabilitation en
dc.subject Hospitals -- Rehabilitation services en
dc.subject Quality of life en
dc.subject Emotional support en
dc.subject Life satisfaction en
dc.subject Dissertations -- Medicine en
dc.subject Theses -- Medicine en
dc.title The impact of emotional support offered during rehabilitation on the long-term quality of life and satisfaction with living of individuals with spinal cord injury : an exploratory study of individuals re-employed in the South African National Defence Force en
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.holder University of Stellenbosch


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