Psychosocial outcome and family burden after traumatic brain injury

McKinlay, William W. (1996) Psychosocial outcome and family burden after traumatic brain injury. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The persistence of psychosocial symptoms after severe head
injury has been identified as one of the main long-term
difficulties facing such patients and their families. Not
only have such problems proved persistent, they have been
found to present particular problems for community re-entry
including return to work. They have been associated in
particular with stress on carers and also with disruption
of family activities and health. Given that so many
survivors of severe head injury rely on their families for
long-term support, this topic has attracted increasing
The present study described the psychosocial problems after
severe head injury and their relationship to various
"burdens" on carers and the wider family based on a group
of 54 patients studied at 3, 6, and 12 months post-injury.
Replication and extension of some findings is made through
study of a multi-centre internationally collected group of
562 survivors of severe head injury.
Thepersistence of psychosocial problems is noted alongside
their differing relationships to various aspects of
"burden". Aspects of burden, and especially of social
isolation, present challenges especially for those working
in rehabilitation and community re-entry programmes

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Supervisor's Name: Neil, Dr. Brooks
Date of Award: 1996
Depositing User: Mrs Marie Cairney
Unique ID: glathesis:1996-4831
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2014 14:55
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2014 16:03

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