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

Rohleder, Poul and Lambie, John and Hale, Emily (2017) 'A qualitative study of the emotional coping and support needs of children living with a parent with a brain injury.' Brain Injury, 31 (2). 199 - 207. ISSN 0269-9052

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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 9–18 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children, parents, ABI, emotion, emotion regulation, coping, validation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 12:36
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2018 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23155

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