The structure of dyadic support among couples with and without long-term disability

Dvorit Gilad, Yoav Lavee, Orly Innes-Kenig

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This study examines support relationships among 65 couples in which the husband had a long-term spinal cord injury, and a comparison group of 65 couples without disability. Based on facet theory, we constructed a mapping sentence that forms a definitional framework for couple support, and developed a detailed inventory to assess attitudes regarding mutual support in couple relations, the sense of support availability, support behaviors of giving and receiving, the degree to which the support meets one's needs, response to received support, and preference for support from within the couple and from external sources. These are all measured with respect to instrumental, emotional and informational support. Smallest space analysis showed various structures of the relations between elements of support among men and women living with and without disability, as well as a core element of reciprocal support common to both men and women in couples with and without disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-465
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009


  • Couple support
  • Disability
  • Facet theory
  • Mapping sentence
  • Smallest space analysis
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • General Psychology


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