The psychological challenges of identity reconstruction following an acquired brain injury

Chalotte Glintborg, Lærke Krogh

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An acquired brain injury (ABI) has a huge impact on a person’s life and identity. However, identity research in connection with ABI is still sparse. The present study investigates how people with ABI reconstruct their identity in the first year post-injury. Forty-three Danish adults were interviewed (semi- structured interviews) twice: while hospitalized and one year post-injury. Discourse analysis, drawing on the concepts of positioning and agency, was applied in order to investigate developmental processes in self-narratives over time. The analysis reveals that one of the key patterns in identity construction in this cohort is that the psychological changes and identity transitions emerge over time.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNarrative Works
Vol/bind5
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)50-70
ISSN1925-0622
StatusUdgivet - 2015

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