David Manchester

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Over the last two decades, the importance of executive functions in successful adaptive living has been increasingly recognized. Hence, investigation of executive functioning has become a core component of neuropsychological assessment. At present, correct identification is seen as crucial to ensuring adequate treatment, compensation and support. It is(More)
At the end of 1994 the New South Wales Department of Health identified the need for a specialized unit for people with a brain injury who exhibited aggressive and violent behaviour at such a level that they could not be cared for in standard rehabilitation programmes and who were not mentally ill as defined by the Mental Health Act. An interim unit based on(More)
A 3-stage model of intervention is used to contrast the philosophy and treatment practices of 2 behavioral approaches to behavior disorder following traumatic brain injury. The first referred to here as the Operant Neurobehavioral Approach developed from neuropsychology and learning theory. The second referred to as the Relational Neurobehavioral Approach(More)
Patients who abscond from hospital exclude themselves from therapy, and attempts to stop the person can quickly become confrontational with the inherent risk of aggression. Although information is available on absconding in psychiatric settings little is known about the type of person with a head injury who absconds, why such people do so, or how the(More)
Research in psychiatric settings has found that staff attribute the majority of in-patient aggression to immediate environmental stressors. We sought to determine if staff working with persons with brain injury-related severe and chronic impairment make similar causal attributions. If immediate environmental stressors precipitate the majority of aggressive(More)
A forensic peer group programme adapted for bullying behaviour and antisocial attitudes in three young men with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is presented. Three TBI clients who had previously been resistant to an intensive neurobehavioural rehabilitation residential programme were enrolled into the EQUIP programme. EQUIP focused on teaching pro-social(More)
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