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New Paper Uncovers Male Partners Journey Through ABI 

Acquired brain injury (ABI) not only has an impact on the survivor, but also on the partner and personal relationships as a whole. The present study aimed to investigate the male partner experience of living with a female with an ABI; exploring role change, intimacy and future expectations. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six male partners of five females with a subarachnoid haemorrhage and one female with a traumatic brain injury. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed in depth using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).Four main themes captured the male partner’s lived experience; “Entering the unknown world of ABI”, “Imprisoned by the ABI”, “Compassion without self-compassion”, and “Holding on to hope”. The accounts uncovered the male partner’s journey following ABI; the unpredictability, sorrow, frustration, and finally acceptance and commitment to their partner. They identified the limited support available for partners following ABI; the sense of feeling forgotten by services and the need for information and support in the acute stages. Rehabilitation needs to take a systemic and longer-term focus, supporting both the survivor and their partner through the journey of ABI. Please click on the pdf. below to read the article.

C.Brunsden Neuro Rehab