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Date of Award


Degree Type

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Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Nancy Cicirello, MPH, PT

Second Advisor

Lori Avedisian, MS, PT


Regaining an internal locus of control appears to be critical for traumatic brain injury (TBI) individuals to shift from the role of a victim to one of a survivor. The purpose of this research was to determine if locus of control is related to social support and empowerment in TBI individuals. A three part survey questionnaire was used to obtain descriptive information and measure locus of control, support and empowerment variables as reported by TBI survivors (n=17). Locus of Control of Behavior (LCB) and Social Support and Empowerment scores were calculated from the questionnaire. Analysis of the results indicatd 71% of respondents exhibited an internal locus of control and adequate social support and empowerment. Pearson product moment correlation comparing LCB scores to Social Support and Empowerment scores indicated a positive, insignificant relationship (r = 0.027).


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