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Title: An exploration of brain injury : from the dependent child to the brain injury survivor
Author: Casey, Rebecca
ISNI:       0000 0004 5915 0222
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2015
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CHAPTER ONE: The literature review critically evaluates research that has explored the psychological impact of parental acquired brain injury (ABI) on children. The review identifies a number of factors that affect the psychological well-being of children, including both adverse and protective factors. Evidence from the studies reviewed indicates that children are vulnerable to experiencing a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties following parental ABI. Clinical implications of the review findings are discussed, and directions for future research considered. CHAPTER TWO: The empirical paper aimed to explore the role of mutual support in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors’ reformation of their identity among individuals attending a mutual support group. Using a Grounded Theory approach, a model of the participants experience was developed. The core category reflected how participants regained a sense of self through getting to know the “new” me. Five conceptual categories were identified in relation to identity formation: pre-injury self, comparison with others; accessing the social world of brain injury; purpose and self-efficacy; and acceptance of the post-injury self. The findings highlight a potentially important role for mutual support in identity reformation following TBI and implications for brain injury rehabilitation programmes are discussed. CHAPTER THREE: The third paper presents my personal and professional reflections of the research process and how my views have changed over the course of training. To illustrate these changes, elements of the grounded theory model proposed in the empirical paper (Chapter 2) have been applied to my own experiences. It is hoped that this approach will evidence my experience and exploration of getting to know the scientist-practitioner.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RD Surgery ; RJ Pediatrics