Stress parental et récupération suite à une commotion cérébrale pédiatrique : Une étude à devis mixte


Elizabeth Teel

Institut de recherche du Centre universitaire de santé McGill


Domaine : neurosciences, santé mentale et toxicomanies

Programme Formation postdoctorale (CITOYENS D'AUTRES PAYS)

Concours 2018-2019

Partenaire :

Fondation des Étoiles

Concussion- the mildest form of TBI, affects as many as 200 per every 100,000 Canadian children aged 0-14. Pediatric concussion research is an important and emerging field, as pediatric populations possess a number of unique features across the injury spectrum, including parental involvement in the clinical care and recovery process. Heightened media attention and the potential for late life cognitive deficits have produced a unique and often negative narrative regarding concussive injuries, creating fear in parents that is reflected through declining youth sport participation rates in contact and collision sports. Studies investigating moderate and severe pediatric TBI have found that parents experience a significant amount of stress following their child's injury and high parental stress is related to negative cognitive outcomes for the injured child. Little information is available regarding the magnitude of stress parents experience following pediatric concussion, or about what factors drive this stress response.  As parents are an active agent in seeking and adhering to care for the injured child, the extent to which parental stress may influence their child's clinical concussion recovery remains unknown.

We expect our mixed-methods approach to: 1) describe the sources and severity of parental stress following a concussive injury in their dependent child, and 2) understand the effect parental stress has on clinical concussion recovery in their dependent child. We expect our research to positively contribute to the scientific literature by identifying novel factors and relationships that influence pediatric concussion recovery. The vastly understudied concussion education niche is solely focused on concussion prevention and diagnosis; this study will provide avenues for creating innovative educational programs targeted to concussion recovery and management, which may benefit both the parent and the injured child.