Support network responses to Acquired brain injury

Steffany Chleboun, Karen Hux

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Acquired brain injury (ABI) affects social relationships; however, the ways social and support networks change and evolve as a result of brain injury is not well understood. This study explored ways in which survivors of ABI and members of their support networks perceive relationship changes as recovery extends into the long-term stage. Two survivors of ABI and members of their respective support networks participated in this case study integrating information from interviews, field notes, and artifacts. Inductive data analysis revealed themes of adjustment to impairments and compensations, connection changes with other people, feelings of protectiveness toward the survivor, emotional intensity, and the influence of personality traits on the recovery process. Application of these themes to intervention suggests health care professionals might benefit from shifting their focus from the survivor alone to the survivor functioning within a social support network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)764-781
Number of pages18
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Relationships
  • Social Support Networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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