A qualitative study of the emotional coping and support needs of children living with a parent with a brain injury

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Rohleder, P., Lambie, John and Hale, Emily 2016. A qualitative study of the emotional coping and support needs of children living with a parent with a brain injury. Brain Injury. 31 (2), pp. 199-207.
AuthorsRohleder, P., Lambie, John and Hale, Emily
Abstract

Primary objective: To examine emotional coping and support needs in children of persons with acquired brain injury, with a view to understanding what interventions would be helpful for these children.
Design: The study was qualitative, using a thematic analysis approach.
Methods and procedure: Six children between 9 and 18 years of age, six parents (three with ABI), and three support workers were interviewed either at home or at a support centre, using a semi-structured interview guide.
Results: Children reported using a variety of adaptive and maladaptive emotional coping strategies, but were consistent in expressing a need for credible validation, i.e. sharing experiences with peers. The results are presented under four overarching themes: difficulties faced; emotions experienced; coping strategies; and reported support needs.
Conclusions: The results reveal an interaction between the child’s experiences of complex loss that is difficult to acknowledge, emotional distancing between parent and child, and the children’s need for credible validation. All children expressed a desire for talking to peers in a similar situation to themselves, but had not had this opportunity. Interventions should set up such peer interaction to create credible validation for the specific distress suffered by this population.

JournalBrain Injury
Journal citation31 (2), pp. 199-207
ISSN0269-9052
Year2016
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/02699052.2016.1225985
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2016.1225985
Publication dates
Online12 Dec 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited26 Aug 2016
Accepted15 Aug 2016
Accepted15 Aug 2016
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Brain Injury on 12.12.16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02699052.2016.1225985
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