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Parenting Project

Integrating Individual Parenting Support in the Community Rehabilitation and Case Management Context : A Pilot Study

This study has involved the development and evaluation of a program of parenting support for parents with ABI and their partners

Parents with TBI have reported less goal setting, less encouragement of skill development, less emphasis on obedience to rules and orderliness, less promotion of work values, less nurturing, and lower levels of active involvement with their children.

Spouses of individuals with TBI, compared to their counterparts, have reported less feelings of warmth, love, and acceptance toward their children.

Current parenting supports are often generalist and may not be appropriate for or accepted by parents with ABI and their spouses

Parents with ABI and their spouses

Key Features
Review of existing parenting resources and programs

Needs analysis of parents with ABI and their spouses

Develop a quality intervention to improve parenting skills and support parents following ABI

Outputs and Outcomes
A parenting intervention and model developed based on the needs assessment and literature review. This model was particularly relevant to fathering after brain injury

Associated manuals, handouts and facilitator's manuals were produced

Research / Evaluation Strategies
Interviews were conducted with the person with the ABI, the family and the Case Manager

Morriss, E., Wright, S., Smith, S., Roser, J., & Kendall, M. (2013). Parenting challenges and needs for fathers following acquired brain injury (ABI) in Queensland, Australia: A preliminary model.  Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 19(2), 119-134.

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Last updated: 7 September 2017