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The Impact of Alexithymia on Relationship Quality and Satisfaction Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Claire Williams Orcid Logo, Rodger Wood

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Volume: 28, Issue: 5, Pages: E21 - E30

Swansea University Authors: Claire Williams Orcid Logo, Rodger Wood

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Objectives: To explore relationship quality and satisfaction in couples following traumatic brain injury (TBI), obtaining the perspective of both the patient with TBI and their non-injured partner; to examine the impact of alexithymia on ratings of relationship quality and satisfaction following TBI...

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Published in: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
ISSN: 0885-9701
Published: Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health) 2013
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa13211
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Abstract: Objectives: To explore relationship quality and satisfaction in couples following traumatic brain injury (TBI), obtaining the perspective of both the patient with TBI and their non-injured partner; to examine the impact of alexithymia on ratings of relationship quality and satisfaction following TBI.Participants: 47 patients with TBI and their non-injured partners.Measures: 20-Item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20); Index of Marital Satisfaction Questionnaire (IMS); Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS). Results: Significant differences emerged between patients with TBI and their non-injured partners on measures of relationship quality and satisfaction, with patients reporting significantly fewer relationship problems and greater levels of overall relationship satisfaction. In addition, the non-injured partners of patients with TBI and acquired alexithymia reported significantly lower ratings of overall relationship quality, adjustment, consensus and cohesion. Conclusion: The presence of alexithymia in persons with TBI is an important factor affecting relationship quality and satisfaction. Future research should continue to explore the impact of emotional deficit disorders following TBI on the quality of relationships following injury, and in turn, the risk of relationship breakdown.
Keywords: Brain Injuries; Traumatic Brain Injury; Affective Symptoms; Alexithymia; Emotions; Family Relations; Marital Status.
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 5
Start Page: E21
End Page: E30