Presentation Title

Discoursive Conceptualizing of TBI Recovery Through Self-Narrative

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Olga Griswold

Start Date

23-11-2019 1:15 PM

End Date

23-11-2019 1:30 PM

Location

Markstein 303

Session

oral 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a life altering event that affects a person physically, emotionally, and socially. The changes that a survivor will experience are also shared and influenced by those around them such as family and friends.

The research on TBI has expanded from a focus solely on the physical and cognitive impairments into looking also at how a survivor copes emotionally in order to adjust. Most recently, there has been research which looks at the identity of survivors, and the change that takes place pre-injury to post-injury. The term ‘identity’ here refers to the multiple ways individuals perceive themselves and how they aim to be perceived by others, including their values, goals, and abilities. This relates directly to the social roles and relationships individuals maintain including occupational and personal (Ylvisaker et al. 2008). Their level of success in re-constructing their identity in a positive way will determine the success they will have in other areas relating to their recovery and re-integrating back into their regular lives. In order to ensure this successful re- construction, we need a better understanding of the factors that affect identity for these survivors. We also need a better understanding of the relationship between the survivors and those closest to them such as their significant others.

This study aims to understand how a survivor constructs his identity post injury and how this relates to the perception of their significant other. Using the discourse analytic method and an interview with the focal participant and their significant other, several themes were drawn from their responses respectively. From these themes, the importance of rebuilding identity successfully is reinforced as well as the importance of the role of significant others in the co-construction of the survivor’s identity. The themes drawn also provide an insight to the need for identity building in the rehabilitation of TBI survivors.

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Nov 23rd, 1:15 PM Nov 23rd, 1:30 PM

Discoursive Conceptualizing of TBI Recovery Through Self-Narrative

Markstein 303

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a life altering event that affects a person physically, emotionally, and socially. The changes that a survivor will experience are also shared and influenced by those around them such as family and friends.

The research on TBI has expanded from a focus solely on the physical and cognitive impairments into looking also at how a survivor copes emotionally in order to adjust. Most recently, there has been research which looks at the identity of survivors, and the change that takes place pre-injury to post-injury. The term ‘identity’ here refers to the multiple ways individuals perceive themselves and how they aim to be perceived by others, including their values, goals, and abilities. This relates directly to the social roles and relationships individuals maintain including occupational and personal (Ylvisaker et al. 2008). Their level of success in re-constructing their identity in a positive way will determine the success they will have in other areas relating to their recovery and re-integrating back into their regular lives. In order to ensure this successful re- construction, we need a better understanding of the factors that affect identity for these survivors. We also need a better understanding of the relationship between the survivors and those closest to them such as their significant others.

This study aims to understand how a survivor constructs his identity post injury and how this relates to the perception of their significant other. Using the discourse analytic method and an interview with the focal participant and their significant other, several themes were drawn from their responses respectively. From these themes, the importance of rebuilding identity successfully is reinforced as well as the importance of the role of significant others in the co-construction of the survivor’s identity. The themes drawn also provide an insight to the need for identity building in the rehabilitation of TBI survivors.