Counselor-assisted problem solving improves caregiver efficacy following adolescent brain injury

Shari L. Wade, Christine L. Karver, H. Gerry Taylor, Amy Cassedy, Terry Stancin, Michael W. Kirkwood, Tanya Maines Brown

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Purpose: The purpose of the current study is to examine the efficacy of Counselor-Assisted Problem Solving (CAPS) in improving caregiver adaptation following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Research Method/Design: In a randomized clinical trial comparing CAPS (n = 65), an online problem-solving intervention with accompanying Web-based counseling sessions, with an information-based Internet Resource Comparison (IRC; n = 67) program, participants included families of 12-to17-year-olds who had sustained a TBI in the past 6 months. Linear regression analyses were used to identify main effects and to examine whether caregiver education, race, or prior computer use moderated treatment efficacy. Results: Computer experience moderated postintervention improvements in caregiving self-efficacy following CAPS, Specifically, parents in CAPS with low levels of prior use reporting the greatest improvements. CAPS participants who completed 5 or more sessions reported greater reductions in depression than did the IRC; however, the groups did not differ on global distress. Conclusions/ Implications: Findings support the potential utility of counselor-supported Web-based interventions particularly for individuals with limited computer expertise following adolescent TBI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Adolescence
  • Brain injury
  • Caregiver outcomes
  • Stress
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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