Putting the pieces together: Preliminary efficacy of a family problem-solving intervention for children with traumatic brain injury

Shari L. Wade, Linda Michaud, Tanya Maines Brown

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe a family-centered problem-solving intervention (FPS) for pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI), and to assess the efficacy of the intervention in a randomized clinical trial. PARTICIPANTS: Families of 32 school-aged children with moderate to severe TBI randomly assigned to FPS or usual care (UC) group. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Child Behavior Checklist, Brief Symptom Inventory, Conflict Behavior Questionnaire. INTERVENTION: Seven-session problem-solving/skill-building intervention delivered over a 6-month period for the participating families. RESULTS: Parents in the FPS group reported significantly greater improvements in their children in internalizing symptoms, anxiety/depression, and withdrawal than did parents in the UC comparison group. CONCLUSIONS: FPS holds promise for reducing child behavior problems, the most common and persistent sequelae of TBI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-67
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

Keywords

  • Brain injury
  • Child adjustment
  • Communication skills
  • Family adaptation
  • Problem solving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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