Community Integration

Community integration: current issues in cognitive and vocational rehabilitation for individuals with ABI.

In this article, we examine cognitive and vocational rehabilitation and the issues related to minority veterans with acquired brain injury (ABI). As more service members are returning from conflict, ways to help them repair their lives, not only physically but also socially and economically, are increasingly needed. The challenges of ABI are multifactorial; that is, […]

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Relationship of race/ethnicity and income to community integration following traumatic brain injury: investigation in a non-rehabilitation trauma sample.

The purpose of the current study was to determine the contribution of race/ethnicity and income to community integration at approximately 6 months following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Participants were 151 persons with mild to severe TBI (38% Black; 38% Hispanic; 24% White) recruited from consecutive admissions to the Neurosurgery service of a county Level I […]

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Influence of sport participation on community integration and quality of life: a comparison between sport participants and non-sport participants with spinal cord injury.

BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: To determine whether community integration and/or quality of life (QoL) among people living with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) are superior among sport participants vs non-sport participants. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. Participants/Methods: Persons (n=90) living in the community with SCI (ASIA Impairment Scale A-D), level C5 or below, > 15 years of age, >12 […]

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Comparison of the CIQ and CHART Short Form in assessing community integration in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury: a pilot study.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the validity of the Community Integration Questionnaire (CIQ) in measuring community integration in persons with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) through its comparison with the Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique Short Form (CHART-SF). DESIGN: Correlational analysis. SETTING: Tertiary care rehabilitation hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-eight individuals with chronic SCI who completed the CIQ […]

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Community integration: conceptualisation and measurement.

PURPOSE: To provide an overview of the conceptualisation of community integration as proposed in the literature, to review select measures of community integration that have been frequently used in disability and rehabilitation, and finally, to discuss future directions for community integration research. METHOD: Review of select measures published in PsycInfo- and PubMed-indexed literature representing a […]

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Understanding the experience of place: expanding methods to conceptualize and measure community integration of persons with serious mental illness.

Community integration research explores community contexts and factors that encourage or hinder individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) from actively participating in community life. This research agenda can be advanced by using mixed-methods that better document the relationships between contextual factors and individual experience. Two such methods were applied to a mixed-methods study of 40 […]

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AAPL guideline for forensic evaluation of psychiatric disabilities: a disability law perspective.

Contemporary disability law takes into account the insight that physical and mental conditions need not be disabling but for the environmental and attitudinal barriers that keep people with disabilities from social participation on a plane of equality with others. The need to use a wheelchair does not disable except for curbs and stairs, and many […]

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Satisfaction with communicative participation as defined by adults with multiple sclerosis: a qualitative study.

PURPOSE: This study examined satisfaction with communicative participation as reported by adults with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHOD: Eight community-dwelling adults with MS participated in semi-structured interviews. They were asked to discuss their satisfaction with their communication in a variety of situations. Interviews were analyzed using a constant comparative method of qualitative description. RESULTS: Themes derived […]

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Beyond “Landscapes of Despair”: the need for new research on the urban environment, sprawl, and the community integration of persons with severe mental illness.

The purpose of this commentary is to discuss important trends in the housing of people with severe mental illness in the past 20 years that require the attention of mental health geographers and other experts on the effects of place on mental health. Issues that are worthy of consideration in new research include: assessing the […]

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Community integration of adults with psychiatric disabilities and histories of homelessness.

This study tests components of Wong and Solomon’s (2002, Mental Health Services Research, 4(2), 13-28) model of community integration, identifying both the dimensions and predictors of integration. It evaluates community integration among adults with psychiatric disabilities assigned randomly to receive either independent scatter-site apartments with the Housing First approach (experimental) or services as usual (control). […]

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