Masculine Identity After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The study aimed to find out about what life is like for men who have had a traumatic brain injury. The focus of the research was on how this experience might relate to your identity as a man. By understanding this more, it is hoped that this study could contribute to future rehabilitation programs in being able to provide support for men.
The findings highlight how masculine identity may be a valuable aspect of self which changes after experiencing a TBI. Aspects of gender identity should be considered by clinicians during rehabilitation on an individual basis. Considering the impact of an injury on a person’s identity as a man may help to promote engagement in services and to enable men to achieve meaningful outcomes.
The end of study report can be accessed on the left.
The process of adjustment following brain injury
The aim of this student study was to gain insight into the experience of well-being post-acquired brain injury and explore the resources people draw on to help them achieve this, extending previous research into identity and well-being in this population.
Eleven individuals with ABI were interviewed about their experiences of well-being following-ABI, using semi-structured interviews. Six main themes were identified which illuminated the experience of wellbeing in relation to internal and external resources. The themes were: (1) Having the right information and knowledge can empower you; (2) Being able to help others gives you a sense of pride and social-role; (3) Being valued and supported by others / freedom to find your own way; (4) Love the life you live but keep trying to make it better (5) Live in the moment: experience the world to its fullest; (6) Doing the thing(s) you love makes you feel alive: ‘It means the world'.
The study's final report can be viewed on the left.
MOSAICS: Management of social anxiety in clients who stutter
The study, led by Dr Jan McCallister at the University of East Anglia and sponsored by South Norfolk CCG, looked at the feasibility and acceptability of using a computerised treatment for social anxiety disorder for adults who stutter. Participant feedback indicated that the intervention and definitive trial, including randomisation, would be acceptable to adults who stutter. Of the 31 randomised participants, 25 provided data at all three data collection points. The trial results were recently published in BMJ Open Oct 2017
A Study into Suicide by Prisoners (has also been known as The National Study of Self-inflicted Death by Prisoners)
Prisoners are recognised as a group with a high risk of suicide by the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England and consistently higher rates of suicide in prison compared to the general population have been found. This study aimed to provide a detailed, independent, examination of all self-inflicted deaths by prisoners in England and Wales from 1999 to 2015.
There has been a downward trend in the number of self-inflicted deaths in prisons in England and Wales over the last decade, however prisoners remain a high risk group with the number of self-inflicted deaths in the prison population remaining high in comparison to the general population.
Prevention should continue to highlight the importance of safer cells, and the identification and treatment of mental disorder.
The final report, with a list of publications can be viewed on the left.