Objective: To explore the community integration of individuals who had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and compare this to members of the general public. Design: Independent groups design. Setting: All participants were resident in Northern Ireland (NI). The brain injured participants were drawn from a Belfast-based social skills programme. Participants: Thirty participants, ten survivors of TBI, ten male and ten female controls from the general public. Main Outcome Measure: The Community Integration Measure (CIM) Results: Analysis of variance showed no significant differences between males and females or between males and brain injured individuals. A significant difference was found between females and brain injured individuals (F(1,18)=4.51, P=0.048). Conclusion: Females were more integrated into their communities than males, who were more integrated than brain injured individuals. It would appear that brain injury survivors are doubly disadvantaged. Their gender (mainly male), and the injury itself, conspires to reduce their integration with the wider community.
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- Health Professions(all)