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The importance of group projects: Experiences of therapy led project groups from the perspective of acquired brain injury survivors

Beveridge, Amelia (2015) The importance of group projects: Experiences of therapy led project groups from the perspective of acquired brain injury survivors. Leeds Trinity University. (Unpublished)

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There is a lack of literature exploring project groups as a method of therapy after Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). This investigation intended to explore this gap using a micro-level approach, aiming to produce personal and individual experiences. Interviews with three male ABI survivors were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The analysis suggested that the men experienced the group as a tool for overcoming ABI, an opportunity for increased social support and also a chance for the men to help others. Moreover, it suggested the importance of therapy led project groups for ABI survivor’s selves, and finally suggested that the group facilitates the reflection, maintenance and progression of the self after brain injury. Tajfel’s (1974) social identity theory surrounds the experiences of the men, demonstrating that the group and its’ processes are central to group therapy. The project group is mostly a positive and valuable experience for each man. This report supports existing research that therapy led project groups are a useful treatment for male ABI survivors.

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