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Citation:  Meade, M.A., Barrett, K., Ellenbogen, P.S., & Jackson, M.N. (2006). Work intensity and variations in health and personal characteristics of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 25 (1), 13-19.
Title:  Work intensity and variations in health and personal characteristics of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI)
Authors:  Meade, M.A., Barrett, K., Ellenbogen, P.S., & Jackson, M.N.
Year:  2006
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes
Research design:  Survey research

Structured abstract:

Background:  Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating and complex condition that often leads to unemployment in the individuals living with it. Due to the high variation in work intensity (full time, part time, or unemployed) in individuals with SCI the resources available to those individuals (insurance, health care, salary) also has a high variation.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between factors related to the SCI, personal characteristics, and work intensity on the availability of insurance, health care, and a salary in individuals with SCI.
Study sample:  The participants in this study were 436 individuals with SCI between the ages of 18-64 living in Virginia. These participants were part of a larger study to examine the needs of Virginians with SCI.
Data collection and analysis:  Data was collected through the Virginia SCI Needs Assessment Survey. Chi-square analysis was done on the data to explore the targeted research questions.
Findings:  The higher the work intensity the more likely a participant was to have health and dental insurance. Part time employment provided significant advantages over unemployment and working at least 30 paid hours per week led to the highest levels of resources.
Conclusions:  These findings support the importance of employment in the quality of life of individuals with SCI.

Disabilities served:  Spinal cord injury (SCI)