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DE LOS REYES-ARAGON, Carlos José; OLABARRIETA LANDA, Laiene; CARACUEL ROMERO, Alfonso  and  ARANGO-LASPRILLA, Juan Carlos. Relationship between caregivers' perception of Traumatic brain injury symptoms and caregiver's mental health. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.39, pp.181-192. ISSN 1695-6141.

Objective: To determine the system of connections between mental health and symptoms perception of caregivers of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Barranquilla, Colombia. Participants: 50 caregivers of individuals with TBI completed the Satisfaction with Life Scale, PHQ-9 (depression), Zarit Burden Interview, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, and a 22-question TBI symptoms perception inventory composed of four component areas: cognitive symptoms, neurobehavioral symptoms, physical symptoms and social symptoms. Results: A canonical correlation analysis revealed that the higher the caregivers' symptoms perception, the worse their mental health was, with the effect reaching a large-sized effect. Furthermore, a pattern emerged linking caregivers' higher perception of neurobehavioral symptoms to higher caregivers' burden, depression, and lower self-esteem. Conclusions: These findings suggest the need for rehabilitation health professionals to develop and implement culturally-appropriate interventions to reduce neurobehavioral symptoms in people with TBI, interventions to improve self-steem, reduce depression symptoms, and burden in Colombian caregivers of individuals with TBI.

Keywords : caregiver depression; caregiver burden; caregiver anxiety; caregiver self-esteem; traumatic brain; injury symptoms.

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