This study examined the frequency, severity, and course of eight symptoms in adults with cerebral palsy and the associations between these symptoms and psychosocial functioning. The 83 participants indicated that pain, fatigue, imbalance, and weakness were the most common and severe symptoms experienced. All symptoms were reported to have stayed the same or worsened over time. The symptoms were more closely related to social integration than to home competency, productive activity, or psychological functioning. Memory loss was a particularly important predictor of social integration. Additional research could investigate the best treatments for those symptoms that impact psychosocial functioning.
Volume 47 Number 9, 2010
Pages 863 — 876
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