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Everyday communication in adolescents after acquired brain injuries – a comparative study of self-ratings and parent evaluations using the CETI.

Journal article
Authors Åsa Fyrberg
Karin Strid
Elisabeth Ahlsén
Gunilla Thunberg
Published in Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders/Equinox
Volume 8
Issue 1
Pages 44-71
ISSN 2040-5111
Publication year 2017
Published at Centre of Interdisciplinary Research/Cognition/Information. SSKKII (2010-)
Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Department of Psychology
Pages 44-71
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1558/jircd.30904
Keywords communicative participation; acquired brain injuries; adolescents; self-other evaluations; Activity based Communication Analyses; distributed cognition
Subject categories Logopedics and phoniatrics, Cognitive science

Abstract

Communication participation in adolescents with acquired brain injuries (ABI) has received limited attention. The aim of the present study was to investigate the views of the adolescents themselves (N = 8), in comparison to parent evaluations (N = 11) of daily communication, using the Communicative Effectiveness Index in combination with individual interviews. Two frameworks for analyses, Activity based Communication Analyses and the distributed cognition approach, identified three main areas of interest: Situations where communication difficulties occur, Coping behaviours used by participants to manage communication difficulties, and, Causes of the communication difficulties. An overall high agreement between the adolescent and parent assessments was shown. However, complex communicative situations more frequently received lower scores in the parent ratings. The results of the study point to the usability of a systematic comparison of the shared points of views on communication after ABI in adolescence, to increase knowledge about the participation perspective in real life communication.

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