[Fcs-faculty] Felicia thesis defense

jessie x. fan fan at fcs.utah.edu
Thu Jan 3 17:52:01 MST 2019

Facilitators and Barriers to Community Reintegration Following Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury from the Perspective of Parents and Caregivers


This research was conducted to identify the facilitators and barriers children and families experience with community reintegration following a moderate to severe pediatric acquired brain injury (ABI) one or more years after the child's discharge from the hospital. Eight parents and caregivers from six families were interviewed using a semi-structured interview process. Interviews were then transcribed verbatim and coded using a qualitative, iterative coding process based on Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory of human development to identify themes. Results indicated there was a lack of communication and resources within and across system levels which created difficulties for parents and caregivers as they attempted to reintegrate into the community following discharge from the hospital for their child's pediatric ABI. This research can be used to support children and their families as they begin to reintegrate into the community. Implications for improved support systems for families with a child with a pediatric ABI are discussed to show the importance of this research for this population.

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