Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School


Committee Member

Flora Hoodin, Ph.D., Chair

Committee Member

Karen Saules, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Michelle Byrd, Ph.D.


How adolescents cope with the stress of bracing or spinal fusion surgery for idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) and how coping might impact quality of life (QOL) for this population is unknown. The primary aim of this study was thus to examine these relationships.

Forty-eight adolescents participated in this cross-sectional study and completed the SRS-22r, the PedsQL, and the A-COPE during regularly scheduled orthopedic appointments. Treatment groups did not differ significantly on either dimension of coping (approach or avoidant) or on either measure of quality of life. In addition, neither dimension of coping moderated QOL. However, higher use of avoidant coping predicted lower QOL. In addition, QOL was comparable to healthy samples.

These findings suggest that, in general, AIS treatment does not significantly impair QOL, but use of avoidant coping does. Therefore, coping should be assessed to ascertain whether coping skills intervention is warranted in order to improve disease-specific QOL.

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