Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology and Anthropology


Social Work.




This exploratory-descriptive study investigated the effects of head injury on family members, including survivors, and need for family intervention. Major findings revealed: (1) that the sociodemographic profile of the sample was similar to those in other studies; (2) that anger and depression were the most salient emotions in recovery; (3) that sadness about the future, lack of decision-making, personality changes and lack of social skills were the most difficult of survivor limitations; (4) that in terms of role changes, lack of emotional intimacy and feelings of inadequacy were most problematic; (5) caregivers felt that intellectual efforts and loss of control in caregiving were most difficult; (6) concern over the survivor's and family's future and mixed feelings about the family's growth and adjustment post head injury predominated. Respondents felt that both families and survivors needed individual, family and group counselling. Dissatisfaction was high in regard to formal services; the local Head Injury Association filled a significant void in this area. Informal supports such as families, friends and church were important. Adjustment was significant in response to caregiving demands. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .L375. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-01, page: 0155. Thesis (M.S.W.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.