Post-traumatic growth and value-directed living after acquired brain injury

Monica C. Baseotto*, Paul G. Morris, David C. Gillespie, Ceri T. Trevethan

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Abstract

Traumatic events can be associated with positive change, termed “post-traumatic growth.” Existing research suggests some overlap between post-traumatic growth and value-directed living. This study sought to explore the relationship between post-traumatic growth and value-directed living after acquired brain injury. Self-report questionnaires including the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory, Valued Living Questionnaire, Engaged Living Scale, Valuing Questionnaire, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, World Health Organization Well-Being Index, Brief Resilience Scale, Trauma Screening Questionnaire and Glasgow Outcome Scale were posted to 317 individuals who had experienced a head injury, stroke or subarachnoid haemorrhage in the previous 3–13 years, with a hospital admission of minimum 7 days. Questionnaires were completed by 81 participants. Post-traumatic growth was significantly positively associated with two measures of value-directed living (VLQ, r =.269; VQ, r =.215). Higher levels of value-directed living were significantly associated with increased positive outcomes (wellbeing) and reduced negative outcomes (distress, post-traumatic stress symptoms). There was no significant association between post-traumatic growth and any of these outcomes. The association between post-traumatic growth and value-directed living indicates possible common underlying processes. Value-directed living appears to be a more useful concept, as it was associated with clinically relevant outcomes. It is recommended that value-directed living interventions are considered in brain injury rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeuropsychological Rehabilitation
Early online date27 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Brain injury rehabilitation
  • Post-traumatic growth
  • Value-directed living
  • Valued living

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