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Title: Psychosocial function during the year following severe traumatic brain injury
Contributor(s): Kersel, DA (author); Marsh, Nigel Vincent (author); Havill, JH (author); Sleigh, JW (author)
Publication Date: 2001
DOI: 10.1080/02699050121354
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Abstract: The psychosocial functioning of a group of 65 adults with severe traumatic brain injury was assessed at 6 months and 1 year post-injury. Aspects of emotional, behavioural, and social functioning were investigated. The prevalence of depression remained constant (24%) over time, although there was some individual variation in the reporting of symptoms. Impatience was the most frequently reported behavioural problem at both assessments. Whilst there was a slight increase in the number of behavioural problems and level of distress reported over time, the most obvious change was in the type of behavioural problems that caused distress. At 1 year post-injury, problems with emotional control were found to be most distressing for the patients. A comparison with pre-morbid social functioning showed the loss of employment to be 70%, 30% returned to live with their parents, and relationship breakdown occurred for 38%. There was also a significant and ongoing decrease in all five aspects of social and leisure activities
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Brain Injury, 15(8), p. 683-696
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0269-9052
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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