Identity (Re)constructions After Brain Injury: Personal and Family Identity investigates how being diagnosed with acquired brain injury (ABI) impacts identity (re)construction in both adults with ABI and their close relatives.

To show how being diagnosed with ABI impacts identity (re)construction, this book investigates key patterns of identity construction. Discourse analysis, especially on the concept of positioning, provides an understanding of the changes and developmental processes in these self-narratives. These narrative (re)constructions point to a developmental change of identity in the course of the different phases of the recovery process for both persons with ABI and their relatives, including conflicting voices from society, service providers, relatives, and other adults with ABI. In addition, the (re)construction process is characterized by much ambivalence in both ABI survivors and relatives. 

Three perspectives are triangulated: (1) an insider perspective from ABI survivors; (2) an insider perspective from relatives; and (3) an outsider perspective from the researchers. This allows us to see how identities are negotiated and constructed in concrete situations. This innovative book will be required reading for all students and academics working in the fields of disability studies, rehabilitation psychology, sociology, allied health, and social care.

part I|2 pages

Theoretical frameworks and methods

chapter 1|5 pages


ByChalotte Glintborg

chapter 2|4 pages

Self-identity in people with acquired brain injury

ByChalotte Glintborg

chapter 3|8 pages

Narrative identity, discourse, and positioning

ByChalotte Glintborg

part II|2 pages

The challenges in navigating identity in individuals with ABI and their close relatives

chapter 5|8 pages

Identity constructions through a pair of warped glasses

ByChalotte Glintborg

chapter 6|3 pages

Normalization versus pathologizing

ByChalotte Glintborg

chapter 7|11 pages

Same but different

When continuity is threatened
ByChalotte Glintborg

chapter 8|6 pages

Hope and recovery

ByChalotte Glintborg

chapter 9|4 pages

Personal competencies and resilience

ByChalotte Glintborg

chapter 10|7 pages

Shame and self-criticism

ByChalotte Glintborg

chapter 11|45 pages

The role of peer support groups in identity (re)construction after acquired brain injury

ByHana Malá Rytter, Camilla Jørgensen, Maria N. R. Thomassen, Chalotte Glintborg

part III|2 pages

Future perspectives on neurorehabilitation

chapter 12|7 pages

Psychological rehabilitation

ByChalotte Glintborg

chapter 13|3 pages

Concluding reflections

ByChalotte Glintborg