National Institutes of Health Toolbox Emotion Battery: Application of Summary Scores to Adults With Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Stroke

Ida Babakhanyan*, Noelle E. Carlozzi, Benjamin S. McKenna, Kaitlin B. Casaletto, Allen W. Heinemann, Robert K. Heaton

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the validity of factor analytically based summary scores that were developed using the National Institutes of Health Toolbox Emotion Battery (NIHTB-EB); (ie, psychological well-being, social satisfaction, negative affect) normative sample in individuals with neurologic conditions. Design: Cross-sectional, observational cohort. Setting: Community. Participants: A total of 1036 English-speaking adults from the National Institutes of Health Toolbox (NIHTB) normative project and 604 community-dwelling adults with neurologic conditions including spinal cord injury (SCI n=209), traumatic brain injury (TBI n=184), and stroke (cerebrovascular accident [CVA] n=211) (N=1640). Intervention: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures: The NIHTB-EB. Results: A series of univariate analyses comparing summary scores across the 4 groups (SCI, TBI, CVA, normative group) were conducted to identify group differences. Base rates (defined as >1 SD toward the problematic direction) were also identified. The normative group demonstrated better emotional functioning characterized by greater social satisfaction and psychological well-being (normative group > SCI, TBI, CVA; P's <.0001), and less negative affect (normative group < SCI, P=.016; normative group < TBI, P<.001; normative group < CVA; P=.034) compared with each neurologic group. Using base rates to identify problematic emotions for the 3 summary scores, there were higher rates of problematic emotions on all 3 summary scores for the neurologic groups compared with the normative group. Conclusions: The NIHTB-EB summary scores demonstrate an increased prevalence of problematic emotions among individuals with 3 neurologic conditions, and might be useful for identifying individuals with similar conditions and potentially in need of psychological support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1863-1871
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Volume100
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Emotions
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Weights and measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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