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Treatment of Social Competence in Military Veterans, Service Members, and Civilians with Traumatic Brain Injury

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Technical Report,01 Aug 2014,31 Jul 2015

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Craig Hospital Englewood United States

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Impairments in social competence are among the most prevalent sequelae after traumatic brain injury TBI. Without successful social skills a person is often isolated, in conflict with others, and denied access to social and vocational opportunities. The aim of this study is to determine the effectiveness of a manualized group treatment program to improve and maintain social competence for individuals with TBI with identified social skill deficits. The Group Interactive Structured Treatment GIST - Social Competence program is a holistic, dual-disciplinary intervention targeting the pervasive interpersonal and communication problems that often interfere with participation at work, home, school and in the community after TBI. All sites completed the Pilot portion of this study during the second year of this project. Experience from the Pilot study resulted in modifications to the RCT protocol which were approved by the HRPO prior to start of the RCT during the second year of this project. During the third and fourth years of this project, 12 waves of study intervention were completed across the six sites. All study enrollment, data collection, and data entry is now complete at all sites. We have received a no cost extension to complete data analyses and manuscript.

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