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From PsychCentral:
A new study finds that a spiritual relationship helps victims of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitate from their injury.

The study, by Brigid Waldron-Perrine, Ph.D., and Lisa J. Rapport, Ph.D., is published in the journal Rehabilitation Psychology.

Traumatic brain injury is a disruption of normal brain function after a head injury and affects 1.7 million Americans annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sadly, the long-term effects of TBI include a heightened risk for mental and physical problems. These problems can significantly slow rehabilitation.

“Among healthy adults, religion and spirituality have shown strong association with improved life satisfaction and physical and mental health outcomes,” said Waldron-Perrine.

To expand knowledge on the effects of religion and recovery form TBI, Waldron-Perrine interviewed and completed neuropsychological tests on 88 individuals diagnosed with TBI victims, most of whom were male, African-American Christians.

Participants also completed a neuropsychological measure of their cognitive abilities. A significant other of each TBI victim also participated and reported on the injured individual’s functional status.

Waldron-Perrine found that most participants who reported higher levels of religious well-being (a connection to a higher power) had better emotional and physical rehabilitation outcomes.

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