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Social cure and social curse: social identity resources and adjustment to acquired brain injury

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Show simple item record Muldoon, Orla T. Walsh, Stephen R. Curtain, Mariah Crawley, Lorraine Kinsella, Elaine Louise 2019-10-08T14:03:25Z 2019
dc.identifier.issn 0046-2772
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract .There is increasing evidence that identification with social groups can protect and enhance health, establishing a kind of ‘social cure’. However, for those affected by chronic or disabling conditions such as acquired brain injury (ABI), their identity may also represent a burden, a form of ‘social curse’. The present study explored the identity benefits and burdens available to 15 participants living with ABI using semi‐structured interviews. The qualitative data was then analysed systematically using thematic analysis. The findings highlight social identity changes as central to the experience of brain injury. Participants reported changes in their social networks and social group memberships after injury. Identity loss and reduced social support were described as disabling. Engagement in meaningful group activity with others affected by ABI and access to affected peers enabled new group‐based resources such as social support. In this way, group activity can be seen as a form of identity enactment that can drive social cure effects. Similarly, adaptation to life after injury was demonstrably linked to social identity processes pointing to the importance of a social cure approach to rehabilitation en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley and Sons Ltd en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries European Journal of Social Psychology;49 (6), pp. 1272-1282
dc.rights This is the author accepted peer reviewed version of the following article:Social cure and social curse: Social identity resources and adjustment to acquired brain injury, European Journal of Social Psychology, 2019, 49 (6), pp. 1272-1282 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. en_US
dc.subject acquired brain injury en_US
dc.subject rehabilitation en_US
dc.subject social cure en_US
dc.subject social curse en_US
dc.subject social identity en_US
dc.subject social support en_US
dc.title Social cure and social curse: social identity resources and adjustment to acquired brain injury en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2019-10-08T13:55:30Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/ejsp.2564
dc.contributor.sponsor Acquired Brain Injury Ireland en_US 2019-12-22
dc.embargo.terms 2019-12-22 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2890217
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle European Journal Of Social Psychology
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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