The New York Times recently featured the work of the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (VCU-TBIMS) team in the article “When Injuries to the Brain Tear at Hearts.”
The article discusses the work of Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD; Emilie Godwin, PhD; and associates at VCU-TBIMS in developing novel evidence-based counseling methods for married couples in which one spouse has sustained a TBI. As the notable case of Representative Gabrielle Giffords shows, the marital strains associated with TBI extend far beyond the immediate demands of caring for a spouse’s physical injuries. The additional psychological burdens placed on the supporting spouse can be exceedingly difficult to overcome.
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