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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2007 Jun;86(6):482-92.

Adapting multiple-family group treatment for brain and spinal cord injury intervention development and preliminary outcomes.

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Psychology Department, Washington State University, Spokane, WA 99210, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

There is a need for interventions that assist in managing the multiple adjustments of persons with spinal cord and brain injuries and their families. The purpose of the present field-initiated development project was to adapt a family psychoeducation model, multiple-family group treatment (MFGT), for persons with brain and spinal cord injury and their families.

DESIGN:

The experiences of survivors and caregivers in MFGT were evaluated using quantitative and qualitative methods. Twenty-seven survivors and 28 caregivers participated in MFGT for 12-18 mos. Reliable and valid quantitative measures were used to assess a variety of target outcomes. Additionally, semistructured interviews and focus groups were conducted with participants.

RESULTS:

Survivors reported a decrease in depressive symptoms and anger expression toward others as well as an increase in life satisfaction. Caregivers reported a significant reduction in burden. The themes derived from the qualitative analysis addressed the normalization of the caregiving experience, importance of socialization, improvement in a variety of coping skills, and education about the injuries.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings support the adaptation of MFGT for brain and spinal cord injuries.

PMID:
17515688
DOI:
10.1097/PHM.0b013e31805c00a1
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