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A Structured Behavioural Family Intervention with Parents of Children with Brain Injury

  • Felicity L. Brown
  • Koa Whittingham

Abstract

Child brain injury can lead to diminished quality of life and enduring sequelae, including significant emotional-behavioural, cognitive academic, occupational, physical and social deficits (Taylor et al., 2002; Jordan, 2006; Anderson et al., 2011). Improvements in neuropsychological and motor functioning are common over time postinjury; however, behavioural, emotional and adaptive functioning deficits can be more persistent (Kinsella et al., 1999; Catroppa et al., 2008; Fay et al., 2009). Approximately 50% of children will experience novel mood, anxiety or other psychiatric disorders in the first 6 months after brain injury (Luis and Mittenberg, 2002; Max et al, 2012; Pastore et al, 2013); similarly, up to 50% of children will experience significant externalising behavioural difficulties, which can persist and even worsen over time (Jordan, 2006; Li and Liu, 2013; Pastore et al., 2013). Beyond the influence of injury-specific factors such as severity of insult, behavioural and emotional symptoms after brain injury appear to be more closely related to psychosocial factors present before and after the injury. These include family material and social resources, social disadvantage, stressors, parent distress and overall family functioning (Carlson-Green et al., 1995; Kinsella et al., 1999; Taylor et al., 1999, 2002; Anderson et al., 2001, 2005, 2006; Kullgren et al., 2003; Schwartz et al., 2003; Yeates et al., 2004). Therefore, behavioural and emotional difficulties and disorders represent an important treatment target for rehabilitation professionals, with the family environment being a promising avenue for intervention.

Keywords

Autism Spectrum Disorder Brain Injury Parenting Practice Parent Child Interaction Therapy Depression Anxiety Stress Scale 
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