People who have encountered medical traumas can experience significant changes in their lives. As a result, the family members become caregivers and experience increased stress and ambiguous losses (AL). These losses are often unacknowledged even by the family and cause significant distress. It is important that the family acknowledge these losses and allow themselves time to grieve and adapt to the changes in their lives. While it is widely known that caregivers experience this stress, and programs exist to help support these families, there is less known about the effectiveness of these programs. This study has been designed to explore the commonly used interventions in these programs. The study will use a phenomenological approach and qualitative methodology to identify what aspects of AL is addressed through the existing interventions provided for families following a medical trauma. The researcher hopes that the present study will help in providing insight into the efficacy of existing interventions, and offer modifications that could enhance this efficacy.
Counseling and Family Sciences
School of Behavioral Health
Distelberg, Brian J.
Fox, Curtis A.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Year Degree Awarded
Date (Title Page)
Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Brain Injuries; Family Therapy; Loss (Psychology); Brain Damage -- Patients; Family Psychotherapy
Subject - Local
Medical Trauma; Ambiguous Loss; Stress
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Ohs, Mynda, "Indicators of Ambiguous Loss in Families with Traumatic Brain Injured Members" (2015). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 520.
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