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ERIC Number: ED371283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 8
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Parental Denial: A Supportive and Productive Mechanism Following Traumatic Brain Injury of a Child.
Williams, Dennis
Although denial is usually viewed as a mechanism which impedes a family's adjusting to a child's permanent disability, the mechanism may also be viewed as a family ally which contributes to recovery and positive outcomes in brain-injured children. This paper reviews several types of denial seen in clinical settings and provides examples of both positive and negative features of this complex mechanism. The paper begins with a case study of a 25-year-old, single mother whose 8-year-old son suffered a severe head injury. Some of the clinical manifestations of denial in this case and others include nonrecognition of the child's condition, guilt, refusal to accept professional predictions for less than complete recovery, and the display of courage or the brave front. Except for the denial from guilt, it is argued that all of these manifestations of denial may provide both parent and child encouragement and support. Such support is deemed important in the struggle for the appropriate treatment of a condition which often requires life-long care. However, since denial must be managed, the paper offers suggestions on how to recognize the context of denial, as well as recommendations on how that denial can be structured. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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