Family Involvement in Cognitive Recovery following Traumatic Brain Injury
Prior to addressing the specifics of cognitive recovery strategies to be used by the family, issues related to involvement of family members in a rehabilitation program need to be discussed. A great deal is at stake for the family of a head-injured person. The impact of head injury on family members has been addressed in multiple publications documenting the potentially devastating effect on family health and stability. Rosenbaum and Najenson (1976), in an Israeli population, found that wives of head-injured individuals were more likely to be depressed and less likely to have a stable support network than the wives of persons with paraplegia or uninjured males. Kozloff (1987) was able to document decreasing social support for head-injured persons and their families as the time since injury increases. Finally, multiple studies coming from Glasgow, Scotland (Livingston, Brooks, & Bond, 1985; Livingston, 1987; Brooks, Campsie, Symington, Beattie, & McKinlay, 1987) indicate the extreme burden placed on family members by head-injured individuals even up to seven years postinjury.
KeywordsRehabilitation Program Family Involvement Rehabilitation Center Cognitive Stimulation Injured Person
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