Author(s): Meliha ÇALI?IR BACI** R?za GÖKLER**
This study aims to identify the relationship between the perceived social support and ways to cope with stress of the patients with spinal cord injury. The study is designed as a correlational study, one of the quantitative research methods. The dependent variables of the study are stress-coping scores and perceived social support scores and the independent variables are the age of the patients and those providing the patients with care. Selected through purposive sampling, which is one of the non-random sampling techniques, the study group consisted of the inpatients receiving treatment at Ankara Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital of Health Sciences University, diagnosed with tetraplegia or paraplegia with no communication disorders and who volunteered to participate in the study. The data were collected through “Personal Information Form,” “Ways of Coping with Stress Scale,” and “Multidimensional Perceived Social Support Scale.” The Shapiro Wilks was used to test normality. After the calculation of the cronbach alpha values for internal consistency, the Mann-Whitney U test was used to compare the differences between two independent groups and the Kruskal-Wallis test for more than two groups. As a result, out of 100 inpatients, 52 % were under 30 and 32 % recived care from their parents. The inpatients between 31-60 years of age received significantly high scores on the social support scale for family, while the inpatients receving care from their daughters or sons got significantly high scores of submissive style on the stress scale.