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Acquired brain injury : the public’s understanding of survivors and survivors’ perceptions of stigma

Ralph, Andrea Jayne


Andrea Jayne Ralph


Catherine Derbyshire


The portfolio has three parts: a systematic literature review, an empirical paper and a set of appendixes.

Part 1 is a systematic literature review, in which the empirical literature assessing the public’s knowledge of acquired brain injury (ABI) and attitudes towards survivors is reviewed and critically evaluated. The review aims to identify the misconceptions commonly endorsed by the public and identify their attitudes towards survivors, to determine whether the stigmatisation of this population is likely.

Part 2 is an empirical paper which aimed to explore whether survivors of ABI perceived stigma and anticipated discrimination. To achieve this, participants with ABI completed either an online (n= 114) or paper version (n= 36) of a questionnaire designed to assess their level of perceived stigma. This study further aimed to determine whether perceived stigma was associated with reduced self-efficacy and unemployment, given their negative impact on rehabilitation outcomes, continued recovery and quality of life post-injury. The findings and clinical implications are discussed and highlight the need for government and media campaigns to prioritise fighting the stigma of ABI and promoting the inclusion of survivors.

Part 3 comprises the appendices, including a reflective account of the research process and additional information relating to Part 1 and Part 2 of the portfolio.


Ralph, A. J. (2012). Acquired brain injury : the public’s understanding of survivors and survivors’ perceptions of stigma. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Dec 7, 2012
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2023
Keywords Clinical psychology
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Additional Information Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapires, The University of Hull
Award Date Jun 1, 2012


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Copyright Statement
© 2012 Ralph, Andrea Jayne. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

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