Objectives: Describe vocational interests of middle-aged men with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). Participants: Seventy-nine Caucasian men with traumatic SCI (mean age = 44 years; mean time since onset = 20 years), 74% with quadriplegia. Measure: Strong Interest Inventory. Results: Replicated the unique pattern of interests found by D. E. Rohe and G. T. Athelstan (1982) among younger men with SCI. Compared with the normative sample, participants were more introverted, less academically oriented, and primarily interested in physically challenging and action-oriented occupations despite their functional limitations. Conclusions: Middle-aged men with traumatic SCI have the same unique vocational interest pattern as their younger peers. This pattern is not an artifact of age or time since onset and may partially explain low rates of employment after SCI.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health