That which does not kill you can make you stronger (and more satisfied with life): The contribution of personal and social changes to well-being after brain injury

Jones, Janelle M., Haslam, S. Alexander, Jetten, Jolanda, Williams, W. Huw, Morris, Richard and Saroyan, Sonya (2011) That which does not kill you can make you stronger (and more satisfied with life): The contribution of personal and social changes to well-being after brain injury. Psychology and Health, 26 3: 353-369. doi:10.1080/08870440903440699


Author Jones, Janelle M.
Haslam, S. Alexander
Jetten, Jolanda
Williams, W. Huw
Morris, Richard
Saroyan, Sonya
Title That which does not kill you can make you stronger (and more satisfied with life): The contribution of personal and social changes to well-being after brain injury
Journal name Psychology and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0887-0446
1476-8321
Publication date 2011-03
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08870440903440699
Volume 26
Issue 3
Start page 353
End page 369
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This study examined the roles of personal and social changes on the relationship between injury severity and life satisfaction among individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI). Personal change (i.e. having developed a survivor identity, identity strength), social changes (i.e. improved social relationships, support from services), injury severity (i.e. length of time in coma) and well-being (i.e. life satisfaction) were assessed in a sample of 630 individuals with ABIs. A counterintuitive positive relationship was found between injury severity and life satisfaction. Bootstrapping analyses indicated that this relationship was mediated by personal and social changes. Although identity strength was the strongest individual mediator, both personal and social changes each explained unique variance in this relationship. These findings suggest that strategies that strengthen personal identity and social relationships may be beneficial for individuals recovering from ABIs.
Keyword Personal identity
Social relationships
Life satisfaction
Acquired brain injury
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print 21 April 2010.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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