The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on the Survivor’s Spouse/Partner From an Existential-Humanistic PerspectiveThe research is based on three methods used in the nursing research: concept analysis (Morse, 1995; Walker & Avant, 2005), concept advancement (Penrod & Hupcey, 2005), and integrative review, (Broome, 1993). A main tenet and value of the chosen theorectical designs are two-fold: (1) the methods are based in health research, and (2) the conclusions promote practical utlization for clinical application.
Elva Hoxie, PhD, RN, MPH 90 minutesThe critical review of the literature on traumatic brain injury shows the complexity of brain function and illustrates how damage can negatively affect the survivor’s daily existence (Kandel, 2006; Greve, 2009; Werner & Engelhard, 2007). Trauma to the brain frequently causes pervasive cognitive dysfunction and a variety of personality changes, including impulsivity, unpredictability, anger, lack of critical thinking, lack of empathy, and lack of awareness about one’s own impairments (Godwin, et al., 2011; Saunders & Struchen, 2011). These problematic issues have a negative impact on the marital/couple relationship, family dynamics, and relationships in general. Yet, a meaningful and supportive relationship can contribute to the TBI-survivor’s healing from TBI related life changes and psychological trauma…
The purpose is to help facilitate the process of learning to live with the challenges and transcend the psychological pain into existential meaning.
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