Date of Award

5-1-1995

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Gale Horton

Abstract

This study explores the effect of traumatic brain injury on family relations. The sample for this study consisted of thirty respondents who live with an adult or adolescent victim of traumatic brain injury. The sample was drawn from a population of head injured who were either treated for the injury at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, and/or who received rehabilitation services from Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Group, Atlanta, Georgia.

A modified instrument consisting of thirteen relationship questions and eight demographic questions was utilized. The survey method consisted of a self-administered questionnaire that was either mailed or handed to potential respondents. The results were analyzed utilizing descriptive statistics and Pearson's 'r' Correlation Coefficient.

The findings of the study revealed that family relations are prone to deterioration following a traumatic head injury, there is a correlation between the deterioration in family relations and the amount of time elapsed since the injury, and families coping with head injury tend to consider the injury as severe regardless of the medically assessed level of injury.

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