Improving life after brain injury Need to talk? 0808 800 2244

Join
Home About brain injury Further information Research Impact on families and friendships

The impact of TBI on r...

The impact of TBI on relationships Main Image

The impact of TBI on relationships

Thu 19 Mar 2020

New research examining the impact of TBI of relationships reiterates the importance of providing support to couples affected by TBI.

Objective

To explore the impact of TBI on couple relationships, from the perspective of both injured and uninjured partners in the relationship.

Method

In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with six uninjured women and five of their male partners living with TBI for between four and eight years who had attended a tertiary neurorehabilitation service. The principles of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) were used to analyze the data.

Results

The three major themes emerged. Broken Bonds: “those special things just between the two of us” captures the emotional fallout from TBI on each individual and on the relationship; New Dynamics: “like oil and water” describes the effect of individual changes on relationship dynamics in general, on sexuality, conflict and family life; Moving Forward Together: “We figure it out” describes coping strategies in maintaining relationships post-TBI including hope, time, understanding TBI and positive reappraisal.

Conclusions

This research provides an in-depth, phenomenological account of couples’ experiences of the impact of TBI on relationships, including the perspectives of both TBI survivors and their partners. The three major themes that emerged capture the stresses that impinge on relationships post-TBI and confirms the importance of supportive clinical interventions for couples as an essential component of neurorehabilitation.

Reference

O'Keeffe, F., Dunne, J., Nolan, M., Cogley, C., & Davenport, J. (2020). "The things that people can't see" The impact of TBI on relationships: an interpretive phenomenological analysis. Brain Injury, 34(4), 496 - 507. 

Source

www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02699052.2020.1725641

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Dr Fiadhnait O'Keeffe for her kind permission to share the abstract of this research article.

Back

Share this page

Headway - the brain injury association is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Charity no. 1025852) and the Office of the Scottish Regulator (Charity no. SC 039992). Headway is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no. 2346893.

© Copyright Headway 2020  -  Site designed and developed by MEDIAmaker