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Predictors of Family Functioning and Distress Among Caregivers of Patients with TBI

The extent to which patient and caregiver characteristics predicted caregiver psychological distress was examined among 60 pairs of former patients who had sustained a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers (N = 120). Time since injury ranged from 4 months to 10 years. The former patients' current neurobehavioral and affective functioning, alcohol use, awareness of deficit, and time since injury, and the caregivers' perceived social support were entered into a standard multiple regression with caregiver psychological distress as the outcome. Results revealed that the predictor model accounted for 34% of the variance in caregiver distress. Neurobehavioral and affective functioning of the patient was the best predictor, accounting for up to 26% of the variance, followed by caregivers' perceived social support (sr2 = 4%). The results are discussed in the context of identifying characteristics of former patients and their caregivers that may lead to improved quality of life of caregivers

Registry Project Number: 173
Lead Investigator: Ergh, T
Lead Center for Project: Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Collaborating Investigators: Coleman, R, Rapport, L, Hanks, R
Keywords: range of motion, ultrasound, contracture, intervention, service delivery, rehabilitation, efficacy, therapy
Date of Completion: 10/01/2000
Type: Local
Status of Project: Latest Information Shown

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