The development of self-awareness of deficits from 1 week to 1 year after traumatic brain injury: Preliminary findings

ArticleinBrain Injury 21(11):1131-6 · November 2007with4 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.81 · DOI: 10.1080/02699050701687326 · Source: PubMed


    To examine the process of recovery of self-awareness with consideration for the variables of severity of injury and deficit factors.
    A longitudinal, descriptive design was used.
    Eighteen participants and their significant others were interviewed using the Awareness Questionnaire at 1 week, 1 month, 4 months and 1 year post-injury.
    Participants differed in self-awareness according to severity of injury, deficit factors and time post-injury. Overall, participants with mild TBI demonstrated better self-awareness. There was a significant interaction effect between severity of injury and time post-injury. Reduced self-awareness of cognitive deficits was noted for the participants with moderate and severe TBI.
    Time post-injury, severity of injury and deficit factors are confounding variables in the study of self-awareness.