The psychological challenges of identity reconstruction following an acquired brain injury

Chalotte Glintborg, Lærke Krogh

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNarrative Works
Volume5
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)50-70
ISSN1925-0622
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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The psychological challenges of identity reconstruction following an acquired brain injury. / Glintborg, Chalotte; Krogh, Lærke.

In: Narrative Works, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2015, p. 50-70.

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