When a parent suffers ABI: Investigation of emotional distress in children

Alessandra Redolfi, G. Bartolini, M. Gugliotta, A. Maietti, P. Pietrapiana, S. Sapienza, Alfonsina D’Amato, A. Mazzucchi

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Primary objective: To investigate the type of emotional and behavioural impact that having a parent with a severe acquired brain injury (ABI) has on children during the first period of adjustment. Methods and procedure: The study involved 25 couples in which one of the spouses was affected by ABI, and their 35 children (3–14 years). The children attended three sessions with a psychologist aimed at identifying their spontaneous playing and relational behaviour by means of a grid created on the basis of ICD-10 criteria. Both members of each parental couple attended a session with the psychologist, and were administered the Dyadic Adjustment Scale, the 36-item Health Survey and the Caregiver Burden Inventory. Results: 63% of the children showed signs of emotional suffering, the presence of which was underestimated by their parents on the basis of the psychologist’s assessments. The variables that correlated most closely with the children’s psychological condition were related to the quality of their parents’ relationship. Conclusions: Our findings confirm the need for early interventions aimed at both parents and their children in order to investigate the children’s emotional-affective situation, and favour an understanding of their discomfort by their parents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalBrain Injury
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - May 7 2017

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Brain Injuries
Parents
Psychology
Social Adjustment
International Classification of Diseases
Health Surveys
Spouses
Psychological Stress
Caregivers
Brain Injury
Emotion
Equipment and Supplies
Psychologists

Keywords

  • child distress
  • family distress
  • Severe acquired brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology

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Redolfi, A., Bartolini, G., Gugliotta, M., Maietti, A., Pietrapiana, P., Sapienza, S., ... Mazzucchi, A. (2017). When a parent suffers ABI: Investigation of emotional distress in children. Brain Injury, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2017.1297486

When a parent suffers ABI : Investigation of emotional distress in children. / Redolfi, Alessandra; Bartolini, G.; Gugliotta, M.; Maietti, A.; Pietrapiana, P.; Sapienza, S.; D’Amato, Alfonsina; Mazzucchi, A.

In: Brain Injury, 07.05.2017, p. 1-11.

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Redolfi, A, Bartolini, G, Gugliotta, M, Maietti, A, Pietrapiana, P, Sapienza, S, D’Amato, A & Mazzucchi, A 2017, 'When a parent suffers ABI: Investigation of emotional distress in children', Brain Injury, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2017.1297486
Redolfi A, Bartolini G, Gugliotta M, Maietti A, Pietrapiana P, Sapienza S et al. When a parent suffers ABI: Investigation of emotional distress in children. Brain Injury. 2017 May 7;1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2017.1297486
Redolfi, Alessandra ; Bartolini, G. ; Gugliotta, M. ; Maietti, A. ; Pietrapiana, P. ; Sapienza, S. ; D’Amato, Alfonsina ; Mazzucchi, A. / When a parent suffers ABI : Investigation of emotional distress in children. In: Brain Injury. 2017 ; pp. 1-11.
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