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The Sense of Well-Being Inventory as a Quality of Life Measure for People With Spinal Cord Injury

  • Denise Catalano (a1), Jeong-Han Kim (a2), Nicole M. Ditchman (a3), Hyun-Uk Shin (a4), Jungeun Lee (a5) and Fong Chan (a6)...


The purpose of this study was to validate the Sense of Well-Being Inventory (SWBI), a quality of life measure, for people with spinal cord injury. Four hundred and five participants were recruited from the Canadian Paraplegia Association for this study. The participants were asked to complete a research packet containing a demographic questionnaire, the SWBI, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and the Acceptance of Disability Scale. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of the SWBI and correlational analyses of the SWBI factors with other psychosocial variables were conducted. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses validated a four-factor structure (financial, family and social, psychological, and physical wellbeing) for the SWBI. SWBI factors are positively related to self-esteem and disability acceptance. With continuing research to document reliability and validity, the SWBI appears to have great potential as a vocational rehabilitation outcome measurement for people with spinal cord injury.


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*Address for correspondence: Denise Catalano at the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle, #311456, Denton, TX, 76203-1456, USA
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The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling
  • ISSN: 1323-8922
  • EISSN: 1838-6059
  • URL: /core/journals/australian-journal-of-rehabilitation-counselling
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