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Factors determining social (interpersonal) support in patients with vertebro-spinal cord injury

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Objective: to study relationships between the specific features of the social network of patients with vertebro-spinal cord injury sequels (VSIS), subjectively perceived and actual social support, and social skills assessment by the patients.

Patients and methods. In 2014–2015, a psychodiagnostic study was conducted in 41 VSIS patients (32 men and 9 women), including 18- to 20-year-olds (n=5), 21- to 30-year-olds (n=18), 31- to 40-year-olds (n=9), 41- to 50-year-olds (n=4), and patients over 50 years of age (n=5). Paraplegia (paraparesis) and tetraplegia (tetraparesis) were present in 30 and 11 patients, respectively. The duration of VSIS was 1 to 125 months. Correlations between different types of subjectively perceived and actual social support and the parameters of a social network of the patients were assessed.

Results. Correlation analysis has showed that there is a need for psychotherapeutic interventions related to social network extension for patients so that the latter should have sufficient and persistent interpersonal support.

About the Authors

I. D. Boulyubash
Volga Federal Medical Research Centre, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia 18/1, Verkhnevolzhskaya Embankment, Nizhny Novgorod 603155
Russian Federation

O. S. Bashta
Volga Federal Medical Research Centre, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia 18/1, Verkhnevolzhskaya Embankment, Nizhny Novgorod 603155
Russian Federation


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Boulyubash I.D., Bashta O.S. Factors determining social (interpersonal) support in patients with vertebro-spinal cord injury. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2016;8(1):43-48. (In Russ.)

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