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Long-term effects of traumatic brain injury as perceived by parental and spousal caregivers: A mixed methods study


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Abstract (summary)

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a family affair. The purpose of this mixed methods study was to understand the needs, explore the experiences, and present the voices of adult caregivers of adult survivors of TBI and their families. Thirty-one caregivers of TBI survivors completed five questionnaires about their pre- and post-injury experiences. Both quantitative and qualitative data provided insights into families' journeys toward recovery. Findings showed differences between the experiences of spousal versus parental caregivers. Specifically, spousal and parental caregivers face different financial, social, and marital issues; exhibit unique progressions through the grieving process; experience different types of relationship losses; and face different self-esteem and family dynamic issues. Findings also revealed some contradictions to existing literature concerning the persistence of anxiety and depression among caregivers multiple years post-injury. Clinical implications relate to the recognition and assessment of family members' need and the development and application of support programs targeting family members of TBI survivors.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Psychotherapy;
Developmental psychology
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
0620: Developmental psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Caregiver burden; Parental caregivers; Spousal caregivers; Traumatic brain injury
Title
Long-term effects of traumatic brain injury as perceived by parental and spousal caregivers: A mixed methods study
Author
Curry, Eileen Mazuran
Number of pages
250
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0138
Source
DAI-B 67/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542730344
Advisor
DeFrain, John; Hux, Karen
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3222555
ProQuest document ID
305273864
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305273864
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