Short Tilte:Preinjury emotional and family functioning in caregivers of persons with traumatic brain injury
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):03, 84, 2, 197-203
Study examines the preinjury family functioning, emotional distress, and social support of caregivers of persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Caregivers were assessed using the following self-report questionnaires: the Brief Symptom Inventory, the Family Assessment Device, and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support. Histories of medical and psychiatric illness were also obtained. Thirty-seven percent of caregivers indicated symptoms of emotional distress, while 27 percent reported a history of mental health problems. Between 25 and 33 percent of caregivers reported unhealthy family functioning before injury. Ninety-two percent of caregivers reported overall satisfaction with the social support they received.