Fatherhood after acquired brain injury (ABI): In what ways do men experience being fathers after ABI? An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.  

Researcher: Karen Cregan

Project Supervisors: Dr Fergus Gracey, Dr Cat Ford, Dr Audrey Daisley

April 2, 2018

Hi! My name is Karen Cregan and I am a Clinical Psychologist in Training from the University of East Anglia. I am looking to speak with fathers who have experienced an acquired brain injury for my study. I am looking to explore father’ experiences to share the meaning and understanding of being a father after brain injury
To take part in the study would mean meeting with the researcher for an interview that takes about one hour, perhaps more with adaptations. The interview will ask questions about how you make sense of being a father after brain injury. I hope fathers would share their side of these experiences with the researcher.

So far there have been 2 studies which have asked fathers about their lives and their role as a father after a brain injury. This study would be the first in the UK to ask fathers about their experiences to improve our understanding and increase our knowledge. It could help our thinking about specific father focused supports and services after brain injury, for other professionals in this area through sharing research.

I would like to invite you to participate in this study if: 

You are a father with a brain injury:

  • Aged 18 years and over with a moderate-severe ABI.
  • You were already a father when you had your ABI
  • You have dependent young children 
    • Where the children are aged up to 12 years so as to be considered children
    • OR if your children are now adolescents however you feel you can remember and share your experiences of being a father when your children were under 13. 

Unfortunately you are not able to participate if: 

You are a father with a brain injury:

  • That has a mild brain injury.
  • Who struggles with significant communication, thinking, emotional, or substance misuse difficulties. This is after allowing for appropriate adaptions by the researcher.
  • A father who does not feel able to describe their fathering experiences.

If you think you would be interested in taking part in this study, or have more questions, please contact me at [email protected] or call me on the study mobile number 07708 993865.