Objective: Community integration is commonly viewed as the ultimate goal of rehabilitation and research in TBI populations.This study aimed to define aspects of community involvement important to overall feelings of integration by investigating the relationship between individual items on a self-report questionnaire and overall perceived community integration. Method: 17 adults were recruited from a long-term rehabilitation center to participate in a study investigating functional capacity following TBI (Mean age = 39.36; 76.5% male; 94.1% C, 5.9% AA). Within this study, perceived community integration was determined using the Community Integration Measure (CIM), which produces an overall perceived integration score (PI; 0–50) and individual item scores (1–5).Higher scores indicate greater feelings of integration. Results: Bivariate correlations showed that having a sense of belonging is strongly associated with PI scores (r = .74, p < .01),feeling close to people in the community was also strongly correlated (r = .71, p < .01), as was feeling that one has something productive to do during the day (r = .77, p < .01). Of note, significant correlations were not observed for items measuring one's familiarity with their community, perceived potential for independence, or having leisure activities to participate in. Conclusion: These results suggest that not all measured aspects of perceived community integration are associated with PI scores in individuals with TBI. These findings have implications for rehabilitation interventions in TBI, and suggest that creating a sense of community may be best cultivated by instilling a sense of purpose and increasing social networks.
What Makes Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries Feel Involved in the Community?
A James, K Vickers, P Sunderararamen, M Schultheis; A-91
What Makes Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries Feel Involved in the Community?. Arch Clin Neuropsychol 2015; 30 (6): 520. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acv047.91
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