Youth mentoring: A new holistic intervention targeting the needs of young persons with acquired brain injury

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Abstract

Introduction: Holistic rehabilitation approaches addressing the numerous complex challenges in young persons with acquired brain injury are required. The purpose of this study was to describe and evaluate the holistic person-centered youth mentoring intervention program, which is based on occupational therapy. Methods: Prospectively collected data were extracted from a national clinical quality database (n = 59). Proportions of young persons receiving different aspects of support and proportions rating the intervention as meaningful were calculated. One-year changes in occupation, work ability, and social interactions were calculated. Results: The young persons most frequently received support for energy management (75%) and structuring of everyday life (61%). Seventy-three percent rated the intervention as meaningful. One year post-inclusion, occupation and work ability had increased by 35% and 58%, respectively, and it had declined by 10% and 26%, respectively. The 1-year increase and decrease in social interactions were less clear (15% and 25%, respectively). One-year changes did not differ between those who entered the program early or late after injury indicating the potential beneficial effect of the program. Conclusion: The findings could indicate that the program has a unique value in supporting young persons with acquired brain injury to create a meaningful everyday life through occupation, work ability, and social interaction.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
ISSN0308-0226
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2024

Keywords

  • Acquired brain injury
  • holistic rehabilitation
  • mentoring
  • occupational therapy
  • return to work
  • social relations

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