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Title: Psychological distress in carers of head injured individuals : ways of coping, locus of control, social support and the provision of written information
Author: Morris, Katharine Clare
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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Since the early 1970's researchers have expressed concern about the emotional well being of family members after traumatic brain injury (TBI) and it is now widely acknowledged that TBI has long term effects on the patient and relatives alike. Researchers have found a substantial number of relatives caring for head injured patients to show significant levels of anxiety and depression and have emphasised the need for information for relatives on the prognosis of head injury. There are, however, very few studies that have investigated the usefulness of giving literature to relatives. Using a longitudinal, mixed variable, within and between subject design, the present study investigated the effect of an information booklet on levels of distress in a group of 35 carers of individuals with TBI. The role of individual coping strategies, locus of control and social support were also considered. The participants were either caring for someone two to nine months post injury (early) or one or more years post injury (late). This allowed for the hypothesis that those carers in the early group would show a greater reduction in psychological distress than those in the late group. In addition, the influence of coping strategy, social support and individual locus of control were examined. These results are discussed and the proposal made that an information booklet such as the one used in the present study should become an integral part of the discharge procedure for relatives of individuals who have sustained a head injury.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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