Parental stress and burden following traumatic brain injury amongst children and adolescents
UNSPECIFIED. (2003) Parental stress and burden following traumatic brain injury amongst children and adolescents. BRAIN INJURY, 17 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 0269-9052Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0269905021000010096
Primary objectives: To assess parental stress following paediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI), and examine the relationship between self-reported problems, parental stress and general health.
Research design: Parents of 97 children admitted with a TBI (49 mild, 19 moderate, 29 severe) to North Staffordshire National Health Service Trust, and parents of 31 uninjured children were interviewed and assessed.
Methods and procedures: Structured interviews were carried out with families, and parents assessed on the Parenting Stress Index (PSI/SF) and General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) at recruitment, and repeated 12 months later.
Main outcomes and results: Forty parents (41.2%) of children with TBI exhibited clinically significant stress. Regardless of injury severity, parents of injured children suffered greater stress than control parents as measured by the PSI/SF (p=0.001). There was a highly significant relationship between number of problems reported and level of parental stress (p=0.001). Financial burden was related to severity of TBI. At follow-up, one third of parents of children with severe TBI scored 18 on the GHQ-12, signifying poor psychological health.
Conclusions: The parents of a child with serious TBI should be screened for abnormal levels of stress. Parental stress and family burden may be alleviated by improved information, follow-up and support.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
|Journal or Publication Title:||BRAIN INJURY|
|Publisher:||TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD|
|Number of Pages:||23|
|Page Range:||pp. 1-23|
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