Families Can Benefit From Fully Understanding Their Loved One’s Injury

Family dynamics and their influence vary across racial, ethnic, and national borders. Family training and counseling is likely to be most beneficial when the patient identifies his/her family or select members as a positive influence. In these cases, the family can benefit from understanding the specific nature of the patient’s injury and resulting problems in cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and social functioning.

This remains especially important for TBI survivors living at home with their family compared to someone who resides at a traumatic brain injury rehabilitation program. Education for families helps them deal with the adjustment due to TBI, which in itself can pose significant emotional challenges for loved ones. Alternatively, family training and counseling will likely have limited to no benefit for families who remain uninvolved due to their own or the patient’s choice.