Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019

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Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Cynthia R. O'Donoghue

Cara Meixner


A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is trauma to the brain triggered by an external force that causes the brain to crash violently against the skull and disrupt normal functioning. Following a TBI, the survivor often faces challenges that compromise independence. These can include challenges in communication, cognition, and overall physical functioning. Resultantly, reliance upon the individual’s loved ones as both advocates and caregivers is essential to functional recovery. This qualitative study investigates the experiences reported between both survivors and their primary caregivers. Using a qualitative approach, exploration of the convergent and divergent perspectives between survivors and caregivers post-TBI were researched. Structured interviews with TBI survivors and their primary caregiver were conducted during separate interview sessions in order to eliminate influence on responding answers. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed to examine themes that emerge based upon participants’ reported experiences. By better understanding the unique perspectives of survivors and caregivers, healthcare providers will be more equipped at providing enhanced care to individuals with TBIs and their caregivers.



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