Parental Adjustment in Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury
Hocking, Sian Elin
Thesis or dissertation
University of Exeter
Reason for embargo
To allow opportunity for the thesis to be published
Paediatric acquired brain injury (pABI) can lead to an array of long term physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural difficulties. Due to the long-term sequelae of more severe pABI, it presents a significant challenge to the child’s family. Studies have suggested that social support can positively impact psychological adjustment following a stressful life event, and can aid personal resilience. There remains limited qualitative investigation of subjective family and parental adjustment experiences following pABI. Researchers have argued for future research that include the experiences of parents who have children younger than 16 years old, and are able to shed light on the individual experiential journey of parents. The current study used interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to explore to the experiences of adjustment and social support of parents of children with pABI. Purposive sampling was used to recruit 10 participants who were individually interviewed. Five superordinate themes emerging from the data were identified: 1) Lives changed forever, 2) Sense of self, 3) Interaction with services, 4) The psychological experience, 5) Coping and adjustment. Relevant literature and implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed.