Amaryll Perlesz

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OBJECTIVE To assess family psychosocial outcome following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in all family members, including relatives more peripheral to the person with the injury. DESIGN A cross-sectional design was used to gather outcome data from individuals with TBI and primary, secondary, and tertiary carers, 19.3 months posttrauma. Multivariate analyses(More)
While previous literature on brain injury reports high levels of stress and burden in primary caregivers, the impact on children has been overlooked. This paper reports on an in-depth, qualitative research project exploring the experiences of four children living with fathers with an acquired brain injury (ABI). The findings indicate that these children(More)
Twenty Australian lesbian-parented families were interviewed in multigenerational family groups about the interface between their public and private worlds. Experiences of the health care bureaucracy were difficult, whereas many participants found individual providers to be approachable and caring. Three strategies were used for disclosure of their sexual(More)
OBJECTIVE This study, which was the first evaluation in Australia of multiple-family group treatment, explored the effectiveness of this approach for a newly arrived non-English speaking migrant group, first-generation Vietnamese families, and for English-speaking families. METHODS Thirty-four pairs of English-speaking consumers and family members and 25(More)
Although the use of multifamily group work is well established within the mental health field, it remains an underutilised method of treatment for families affected by brain injury. This paper reports on a pilot project exploring multifamily group work with families with a parent with an acquired brain injury. Six families met for a total of 12 sessions(More)
BACKGROUND While families headed by same-sex couples have achieved greater public visibility in recent years, there are still many challenges for these families in dealing with legal and community contexts that are not supportive of same-sex relationships. The Work, Love, Play study is a large longitudinal study of same-sex parents. It aims to investigate(More)
This article reports on a qualitative study of barriers and access to healthcare for same-sex attracted parents and their children. Focus groups were held with same-sex attracted parents to explore their experiences with healthcare providers and identify barriers and facilitators to access. Parents reported experiencing uncomfortable or anxiety-provoking(More)
It is becoming increasingly important for the community health sector to provide evidence of practice and program effectiveness. Unfortunately many community health centres do not have the capacity to provide such evidence and require the implementation of innovative changes within their organisation to develop their capacity to conduct research and(More)
The current project is a preliminary investigation of changes in levels of distress and burden and family and marital adjustment in families following traumatic brain injury (TBI), replicating measures-used in the earlier Glasgow, TBI outcome research on relatives' stress and burden. Fifteen families (32 individuals) seeking family counselling in a publicly(More)
This study examines the outcome of 29 individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and 23 of their respective significant others, 12 months after discharge from inpatient rehabilitation services, as a means of determining the validity of a measure developed to predict psychosocial outcome. This measure consists of 18 questions that examine 12 factors and(More)