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Brain Inj. 1992 Jan-Feb;6(1):89-94.

Coping strategies and locus of control following traumatic brain injury: relationship to long-term outcome.

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University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.


Cluster-analytic techniques were used to categorize coping strategies (CS) measured by the Ways of Coping--Revised Scale, and locus of control (LOC) beliefs measured by the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale in 53 male traumatically brain-injured (TBI) persons. A cluster characterized by comparatively higher use of self-controlling and positive reappraisal CS and lower external LOC was associated with significantly lower mood disturbance and physical difficulties and a trend to be less depressed. The age of the neurologically injured patient and Taylor's (1983) cognitive adaptation theory may be important aspects of recovery from TBI and other neurological conditions.

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