College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

A Systems Model for Therapy with Brain-Injured Adults and their Families.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1985

Publication Title

Family Systems Medicine

ISSN

0736-1718

Volume

3

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

The authors suggest that because brain injury affects not only the injured person but other social systems, principally the family, psychotherapeutic treatment programs must acknowledge the effect of the injury on the family; the significance of the family's interaction with the patient; and the common behavioral, emotional, and neurological sequelae before devising interventions. Following a review of A. Luria's (1980) theory of brain functioning and the literature addressing the effects of brain injury on the family, common family reactions to brain injury are illustrated through 6 case examples. A systems model using strategic therapy is proposed. A team concept to treatment is encouraged. (14 ref)

DOI

10.1037/h0089673