The Role of the Family
Therapists should include the family members in planning rehabilitation. Family members’ concerns and expectations must be addressed for long-term success (Livingston & Brooks, 1988). The brain-injured individual is a member of an interdependent system (the family) and changes in any member affect that system (Guth, Lasseter, & Harward, 1988a). Many family members attempt to deal with injury or disability by either increasing the rigidity of existing roles or creating new roles for members. These changes in patterns of interaction, role definitions, and allocations of resources can either promote or interfere with successful family functioning.
KeywordsFamily Member Head Injury Family Therapy Treatment Team Crisis Intervention
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