Validity of psychological factor analytically-based summary scores in neurological injury patients


  • Summary scores from the National Institutes of Health Toolbox Emotion Battery (NIHTB-EB i.e., Physiological Well-Being, Social Satisfaction and Negative Affect) show a heightened prevalence of problematic emotions among individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke (CVA).

Why this matters

  • Evaluation of emotional functioning in populations with neurological injuries is a necessary component of a comprehensive assessment so that treatment can be optimized and clinical outcomes improved. The use of NIHTB-EB summary scores can potentially be used as a more sensitive method of screening for emotional distress by identifying socioemotional difficulties in individuals with neurological conditions.