Brain injury : the impact on family members living with a brain injured adult and implications for rehabilitation services
Morrell, Christopher (2005) Brain injury : the impact on family members living with a brain injured adult and implications for rehabilitation services. DClinPsych thesis, University of Warwick.
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This chapter reviews the relevant literature published since 1990 that has addressed
the psychological impact both progressive and acute brain injury can have upon
spouses of patients. The papers reviewed suggest that psychological strain or burden
experienced by spouse carers is associated with a number of factors irrespective of
illness type. A number of methodological limitations of the studies reviewed are
discussed along with implications for clinical practice. Further research is required
that explores the experience of family members to ascertain the best way forward for
rehabilitation services in terms of providing family orientated interventions and
Chapter two presents a study that explores the views, beliefs and experiences of brain
injury rehabilitation professionals on working collaboratively with families. Using a
qualitative research approach, two focus groups were conducted with a total of 12
professionals from a range of disciplines. Focus groups were analysed using thematic
analysis. A number of salient themes emerged that reflected the narrative collected.
Implications for brain injury rehabilitation services and suggestions for further
research are made.
Chapter three presents an empirical study that explores children's experiences of
parental brain injury. Using a qualitative research approach interviews were
conducted with twelve participants aged between 11 and 18 years living at home with a brain-injured parent. Interview transcripts were analysed using Interpretative
Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). A number of themes emerged that reflected the
narrative collected. A preliminary model of adaptation to parental brain injury is
proposed. Implications for brain injury rehabilitation services in terms of addressing
the needs of children and suggestions for further research are discussed.
This chapter documents the first author's experience of conducting the two empirical
papers presented in chapters two and three. Specifically it highlights a number of
ethical and methodological concerns associated to conducting focus groups and
interviewing children. The first author's personal account and reflections in relation to
each of the two research studies are also presented.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (DClinPsych)|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RD Surgery|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Brain -- Wounds and injuries -- Patients -- Family relationships, Brain -- Wounds and injuries -- Patients -- Care|
|Official Date:||May 2005|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Psychology|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Knight, Eve ; Lorenc, Louise|
Completed in conjunction with Coventry University. School of Health and Social Sciences.
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