A phenomenological study: To explore the lived experience of how young men (18-29) use alcohol following post traumatic brain injury.
(2013) A phenomenological study: To explore the lived experience of how young men (18-29) use alcohol following post traumatic brain injury., no. 71.
Background The proposed research aims to study the lived experience of young men aged (18-29) who have sustained traumatic brain injury and their subsequent alcohol use. The existing evidence mainly follows a quantitative paradigm and originates from America. Existing evidence suggests that young men are the most frequent problem drinkers post traumatic brain injury (TBI) and subsequently have poor outcomes in relation to psychological health and vocational functioning. Furthermore, alcohol abuse following TBI also acts as an impediment to recovery and studies reveal alcohol abuse has been a factor in mortality and suicide trends following traumatic brain injury in young men. Current evidence suggests that there is not enough support for young men following TBI. At present there is no existing evidence in the UK that specifically studies the lived experience of young men following traumatic brain injury and their subsequent alcohol abuse. Therefore the objectives of the proposed study are to: explore the effects of alcohol abuse in young men post traumatic brain injury determine the coping strategies used by young men following traumatic brain injury (TBI) and if/ how this affects alcohol misuse explore formal and informal support. Selection criteria An initial purposive sample of 10 would be chosen to determine whether saturation is achieved. Inclusion criteria for the purposive sample would include young men (18-29), in the Lothian region one year post TBI (evidence indicates this is when alcohol consumption increases), any severity of TBI from Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) as evidence suggest there does not seem to be a correlation between initial severity of injury and subsequent psychological recovery. Data collection The proposed study will use the qualitative paradigm using phenomenology as the research design with the aim to add to the existing body of primarily quantitative research. Participants would be asked to attend two interviews. There would be one preliminary interview to establish rapport and a subsequent interview to conduct the unstructured interview in order to collect rich data. Data analysis The data would be analysed using Ricouer's Interpretation Theory. The timescale would be nine months to carry out the unstructured interviews and analyse the data collected. It is hoped that this proposed study would provide rich information from the marginalised voice of young men who have sustained traumatic brain injury to provide insight into the phenomena.