Family environment influences emotion recognition following paediatric traumatic brain injury

Adam T. Schmidt, Kimberley D. Orsten, Gerri R. Hanten, Xiaoqi Li, Harvey S. Levin

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Abstract

Objective: This study investigated the relationship between family functioning and performance on two tasks of emotion recognition (emotional prosody and face emotion recognition) and a cognitive control procedure (the Flanker task) following paediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) or orthopaedic injury (OI). Methods: A total of 142 children (75 TBI, 67 OI) were assessed on three occasions: baseline, 3 months and 1 year post-injury on the two emotion recognition tasks and the Flanker task. Caregivers also completed the Life Stressors and Resources Scale (LISRES) on each occasion. Growth curve analysis was used to analyse the data. Results: Results indicated that family functioning influenced performance on the emotional prosody and Flanker tasks but not on the face emotion recognition task. Findings on both the emotional prosody and Flanker tasks were generally similar across groups. However, financial resources emerged as significantly related to emotional prosody performance in the TBI group only (p0.0123). Conclusions: Findings suggest family functioning variablesespecially financial resourcescan influence performance on an emotional processing task following TBI in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1550-1560
Number of pages11
JournalBrain Injury
Volume24
Issue number13-14
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Children
  • Emotional prosody
  • Face emotion
  • Family functioning
  • Social cognition
  • Traumatic brain injury

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