Parental stress and burden following traumatic brain injury amongst children and adolescents
Hawley, Carol, Ward, Anthony B., Magnay, Andrew R. and Long, Julie. (2003) Parental stress and burden following traumatic brain injury amongst children and adolescents. Brain Injury, Vol.17 (No.1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 0269-9052
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Primary objectives: to assess parental stress following paediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) and examine the relationship between self-reported problems and parental stress and general health.
Research design: controlled interview study
Methods and procedures: Parents of ninety-seven children admitted with a TBI (49 mild, 19 moderate, 29 severe) were identified from a case register of all paediatric admissions from 1992-1998. Parents of 31 uninjured children acted as controls. 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: 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.
Conclusions: improved information, follow-up, and support is likely to reduce parental stress and family burden.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Parents of children with disabilities -- Psychology, Stress (Psychology), Children -- Wounds and injuries, Head -- Wounds and injuries, Brain -- Wounds and injuries|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Brain Injury|
|Publisher:||Taylor and Francis|
|Official Date:||January 2003|
|Page Range:||pp. 1-23|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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