Perceptions of communication abilities for persons with traumatic brain injury: Validity of the La Trobe Communication Questionnaire

Margaret A. Struchen, Monique Pappadis, Diana K. Mazzei, Allison N. Clark, Lynne C. Davis, Angelle M. Sander

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Abstract

Primary objective: To further evaluate the construct validity of the La Trobe Communication Questionnaire (LCQ) and to investigate the extent to which self-ratings of adults with traumatic brain injury compared to ratings made by close others and self-ratings made by non-injured matched controls. Research design: Prospective cohort study. Methods and procedures: Two hundred and seventy-six adults with TBI (121 of which are >1-year post-injury and previously enrolled in TBI Model Systems and 155 of which were consecutively admitted to a Level 1 trauma centre and were at least 6-months post-injury) completed the La Trobe Communication Questionnaire. In addition, for the TBI Model systems sample, 88 friends/family members and 80 non-injured matched controls participated. Main outcomes and results: Principle components analysis with varimax rotation yielded four factors: Initiation/Conversational Flow, Disinhibition/Impulsivity, Conversational Effectiveness and Partner Sensitivity, which were found to have adequate internal consistency. Adequate discriminative validity was obtained in comparing adults with TBI to non-injured matched controls, while no significant differences were found between self-ratings of communication abilities by adults with TBI and those made by close others. Conclusions: Additional support for the LCQ as a useful measure of perceived social communication abilities was obtained. Confirmatory factor analysis with a larger sample of adults with TBI will be a useful step in further development of this tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)940-951
Number of pages12
JournalBrain Injury
Volume22
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Communication
Peptide Initiation Factors
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Trauma Centers
Wounds and Injuries
Statistical Factor Analysis
Cohort Studies
Research Design
Traumatic Brain Injury
Surveys and Questionnaires
Questionnaire
Person
Prospective Studies
Rating

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Communication
  • Traumatic brain injury

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Health Professions(all)

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Perceptions of communication abilities for persons with traumatic brain injury : Validity of the La Trobe Communication Questionnaire. / Struchen, Margaret A.; Pappadis, Monique; Mazzei, Diana K.; Clark, Allison N.; Davis, Lynne C.; Sander, Angelle M.

In: Brain Injury, Vol. 22, No. 12, 2008, p. 940-951.

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Struchen, Margaret A. ; Pappadis, Monique ; Mazzei, Diana K. ; Clark, Allison N. ; Davis, Lynne C. ; Sander, Angelle M. / Perceptions of communication abilities for persons with traumatic brain injury : Validity of the La Trobe Communication Questionnaire. In: Brain Injury. 2008 ; Vol. 22, No. 12. pp. 940-951.
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