Characters in contexts: Identity and personality processes that influence individual and family adjustment to brain injury

Wendy Heller, Rebecca L. Levin, Debjani Mukherjee, Judy Panko Reis

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Abstract

A multidimensional perspective regarding the nature of identity formation and the structure of personality is applied to the processes that contribute to individual and family adjustment to brain injury. This perspective maintains that personality is pluralistic and that the "self" is composed of multiple selves who vary in their personality characteristics and in the extent to which they play a role in the life of the individual and family. A brain injury can cause drastic alterations in identity and the structure of the self as a result of changes in personal traits and abilities, social context, and family dynamics. Rehabilitation can more effectively facilitate the reconstruction of identity if the unique configuration of multiple selves in the individual and family is taken into account.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-49
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Volume72
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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