Research Reports - Impact of a family-focused intervention on self-concept after acquired brain injury

Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2013 May 8

Kelly A, Ponsford J, Couchman G

The present study examined the impact of a family inclusive intervention on the
multidimensional self-concept of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Forty one individuals with TBI and a matched control group completed the
Tennessee Self-Concept Scale: Second Edition (TSCS: 2), the Rosenberg Self-Esteem
Scale (RSE), the Family Assessment Device (FAD), and the Hospital Anxiety and
Depression Scale (HADS) on two occasions: at immediate contact (pre-group, T1)
and post-group (3 months after initial contact, T2). Controls did not attend the
intervention. Total scores for the measures, as well as scores on subdomains of
self-concept, taken pre- and post-intervention for the TBI sample and at the same
time for matched controls were compared between groups using Multivariate
Analysis of Variance (MANOVA); followed by a series of repeated measures analyses
of variance (ANOVA) to determine whether significant changes occurred. Contrary
to the main aim, the use of a family-focused intervention did not result in
self-concept improvement, either globally or across self-concept domains. Nor did
mood or family functioning improve for the TBI sample. Measures remained stable
across time for the controls.

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