Self-awareness, self-concept, social competency, and frontal brain injury: Towards community reintegration

Mark Joseph Ternullo (1997)

Survivors of traumatic brain injury, especially those with frontal lobe damage, often struggle with psychosocial adjustment. Frequently, their problems persist for many years after the injury. This study examines psychosocial adjustment in individuals with traumatic brain injury as a function of the ability to be socially competent. It also looks at how specific dimensions of self-concept are associated with social competency. In addition, it proposes a relationship between self-concept and self-awareness in this population. Subjects are thirty adult traumatic brain injury survivors with documented damage to their frontal system. Instruments include selected dimensions of the Tennessee self-concept Scale (TSCS) and the Patient Competency Rating Scale (PCRS). Subjects completed the Tennessee Concept Scale and the Patient's Form of the PCRS. A significant caregiver also completed a "third party" version of the same competency rating scale for each of the thirty subjects. All subjects also completed a demographic form which provided information about gender, age, and circumstances of injury.