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New group memberships formed after an acquired brain injury and posttraumatic growth: a prospective study

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posted on 2022-01-26, 15:10 authored by Siobhán M. Griffin, Elaine Louise Kinsella, Daragh Bradshaw, Grace McMahon, Alastair Nightingale, Dónal G. Fortune, Orla T. Muldoon
Predicting positive psychosocial outcomes following an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) remains a challenge. Considerable research demonstrates that social group memberships can have positive effects on psychological well-being, particularly during life transitions. Social group memberships are argued to help people derive a sense of self. This prospective study examined if social group memberships (number of groups and connectedness with groups) could predict posttraumatic growth (PTG) in those affected by ABI. Thirty-six participants (10 females, Mage= 46.56, SD = 11.46) engaged in community rehabilitation services completed measures at two time-points. Mediation analyses demonstrated that the number of new group memberships (groups formed post-injury) predicted greater PTG at time 2, via stronger connectedness with these new group memberships (controlling for initial PTG). The observed results suggest that a focus on developing and strengthening connections with new group memberships may promote positive adjustment after brain injury.

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Neuropsychological Rehabilitation;

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Taylor and Francis

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peer-reviewed

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IRC, ERC, Horizon 2020, European Union (EU)

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English

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