The Secondary Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Family and Friends
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<jats:p> This study seeks to contribute to our understanding of the lived experiences of family members and friends of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study employed an interpretative phenomenological approach, enabling family members and friends to identify and reflect upon the factors they themselves considered most significant about the impact of TBI on someone close to them, and how this experience has affected their own lives and their relationship with the TBI survivor. Eleven participants, two males and nine females aged 22–79, were from the United Kingdom. Several strong and interconnected themes emerged from the interviews, clustering into four superordinate themes: “continuity and discontinuity”; “damage, loss, and grief”; “roles and responsibility”; and “coping and not coping.” The study findings identify the importance of support and information provision for family members and friends of those with TBI to help them manage the long-term impact of TBI. </jats:p>
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