University of Surrey

Has your partner experienced a brain injury of any kind?

Do you and your partner have one or more children aged between 7 and 17?

If so, please consider taking part in this research 

What is the purpose of this study?
Research shows that following a brain injury, family members may go through a period of grieving and loss, and children can experience emotional and behavioural changes. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between a child’s psychological functioning, following a parental brain injury, and the experience of grief and loss in the non-brain injured parent. This research hopes to provide understanding for the family experience of a brain injury, which would help to guide future support available to families.

Who can take part?

You can take part in this study if you are:
• an adult aged 18 or over
• a parent or caregiver to one or more children aged between 7 and 17 years
• able to understand written English
• a partner of an individual who has experienced a brain injury of any kind
and your partner is:
• a parent or caregiver to the same child/children
• experienced a brain injury more than 6 months ago

You would not be eligible to take part in this study if you or your child had a diagnosed pre-existing mental health illness prior to your partner’s brain injury.

What does this study involve?
You will be asked to complete online questionnaires on the platform ‘Qualtrics’. This involves answering questions about yourself, your child and your partner, and should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. All responses are submitted anonymously, and no personal identifiable information is collected.

How do I take part?
Please follow the link to the study page:

Contact details
The researcher for this study is Poppy Harding. If you have any questions about this study, please contact Poppy by emailing [email protected] or by visiting twitter account @PsychPoppy

Thank you for considering taking part in this research.