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1 Dec 2022 10:05 | Anonymous

Sense of Self after Brain Injury 

Acquired brain injury (ABI) can affect virtually any aspect of a person’s functioning. At the deepest level, it can alter sense of self or the unique and persisting qualities that define who we are. Understanding changes to self after brain injury can be challenging for the person, family members, clinicians and researchers. 

Dr Julia Schmidt (The University of British Columbia) and Professor Tamara Ownsworth (The Hopkins Centre, Griffith University) have recently edited a special issue on the topic of Self after Brain Injury for the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Volume 32, Issue 8). This edited volume comprises 19 articles from authors around the world. The articles cover theories, clinical frameworks, strategies and interventions relevant to understanding and managing changes to self after ABI in childhood and adulthood.  

Overall, the latest research highlights the importance of monitoring people’s self-perceptions after brain injury, particularly to understand life experiences that are “catalysts” for change and creating supportive opportunities for people to learn about and make sense of changes in their abilities and find meaning in their altered life situation. To find out more, please follow the link to the titles and abstracts for the editorial and articles.

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