Primary caregiver distress following severe head injury

Thomas A. Novack, Thomas F. Bergquist, Gerald Bennett, William Drew Gouvier

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Forty-five primary caregivers of traumatically head-injured individuals completed measures of anxiety, depression, and level of disability. Anxiety, not depression, was a major problem at rehabilitation admission but had improved by patient discharge. Similar levels of anxiety were noted at 3-month follow-up. Caregiver anxiety was not related to level of disability of the injured person and may, in part, be related to style of coping with stress. Methods for decreasing caregiver anxiety are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-76
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology


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