Traumatic Brain Injury: Reclaiming ‘Self’ Through Voluntarism

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Jillian Grace Reynolds (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Louise Keegan

Abstract: This research investigated how volunteering influenced identity construction in individuals with traumatic brain injury. Focus group data and quality of life/depression assessments of three participants with TBI, was examined before and after volunteering experiences. A phenomenological qualitative approach was utilized to identify themes that emerged in both focus groups relative to identify. Pre and post assessment scores of the Brain Injury Grief Inventory (BIGI), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and LaTrobe Communication Questionnaire were analyzed qualitatively. Results indicated volunteering did not profoundly alter the participant’s sense of self, but it appeared as a catalyst in process of reclaiming the self.

Additional Information

Reynolds, J. (2017). "Traumatic Brain Injury: Reclaiming ‘Self’ Through Voluntarism." Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2017
Traumatic Brain Injury, Identity, Volunteering, Phenomenological, Qualitative Research, Brain Injury Grief Inventory (BIGI), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), LaTrobe Communication Questionnaire

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