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The Reciprocal Relationship of Survivor and Caregiver Emotional Adjustment: Implications for Community Reintegration.

Abstract:
The purpose of this study is to identify characteristics of persons with brain injury and their caregivers associated with survivor distress and family dysfunction. We will investigate outcome within the framework of a traditional model, which views caregiver well-being as influenced by stresses associated with caring for a person with TBI, and within the framework of a dynamic systems model, in which the well-being of persons with TBI and their caregivers influence each other in a reciprocal manner. We will examine change in these processes as time from injury increases. A final objective is to identify areas for practical interventions designed to alleviate adverse outcomes experienced by all members of the family affected by TBI. In particular, we will look for avenues of family-based intervention that will improve survivor outcome.

Registry Project Number: 413
Lead Investigator: Hanks, R
Lead Center for Project: Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Collaborating Investigators: Rapport, L, Vangel, S, Black, K
Expected Completion: 12/30/2007
Type: Local
Status of Project: Latest Information Shown

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