Does Resilience Influence Ways of Coping among Families Supporting Relatives With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury or Spinal Cord Injury?

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Simpson, G., Anderson, M., & Daher, M. (2016). Does resilience influence ways of coping among families supporting relatives with severe traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury? Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Singapore. Abstract retrieved from http://www.icsw2016singapore.org/index.php/abstracts/published-abstract


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Resilience contributes to the individual adjustment of family members providing support to relatives with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury (SCI). Contemporary formulations suggest that rather than being a personality trait, resilience is a set of skills that can be learned. The study investigated whether there are resilience-based differences in patterns of family member coping. A multi-centre prospective cross-sectional study was undertaken in New South Wales Australia. Family participants (n=139) completed the Resilience Scale and the Ways of Coping Questionnaire. There were no significant sex-based differences, and no differences between families supporting a relative with TBI versus SCI on the two measures. Between groups analysis (t-tests) found that family members with moderate to high resilience scores on the Resilience Scale (n=80, HRS) were more likely to use planful problem solving, distancing, confrontive coping and seeking social support (all p


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