The adaptation process after acquired brain injury : Pieces of the puzzle

I.M.H. Brands

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This PhD dissertation shows that low self-efficacy and extreme use of emotion-focused coping (expressing negative emotions) in the subacute phase after experiencing a brain injury are predictive of a poorer longer-term quality of life. It is therefore important to screen for these factors at an early stage to identify patients at higher risk of a worse outcome. Furthermore, it also appears that patients with a higher level of self-efficacy are more successful in achieving their important life goals and thus experience a higher quality of life, have less stress and employ active forms of coping.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Heugten, Caroline, Supervisor
  • Wade, Derick T., Supervisor, External person
  • Stapert, Sven, Co-Supervisor
  • Köhler, Sebastian, Co-Supervisor
Award date23 Jan 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461088499
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • brain injury
  • self-efficacy
  • coping
  • quality of life


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