Psychological and Neuropsychological Interventions in the Mobile Mourning Process

  • Craig A. Muir
  • William J. Haffey
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


It has become axiomatic that cognitive and psychosocial deficits severely retard recovery from traumatic brain injury. Jennett’s (1975) review of the management of traumatically head-injured patients reported persistent cognitive losses as the main contribution to social disability. He also cited the apparent failure to recognize the extent of family disruption resulting from a trauma to one of its members. Lundholm, Jepsen, and Thornvak (1975) reported that in 80% of patients followed 8 to 14 years posttrauma, social rehabilitation was impeded by reductions in mental capacity. Oddy, Humphrey, and Uttley (1978) found that the two most common stresses experienced by families 6 and 12 months posttrauma concerned the trauma patient’s current and future deficits. Their findings suggested that families desired “more details regarding the extent and nature of the brain damage” (p. 511). They also stated that the families complained about the lack of continued psychological counseling “other than through the usual psychiatric channels which they regarded as inappropriate” (p. 511). Our clinical experience is consistent with these findings.


Traumatic Brain Injury Neuropsychological Assessment Target Behavior Severe Head Injury Cognitive Remediation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Craig A. Muir
    • 1
  • William J. Haffey
    • 1
  1. 1.Neuropsychology ServiceCasa Colina Hospital for Rehabilitative MedicinePomonaUSA

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