Dr Malcolm I Anderson


Malcolm Anderson's research interests are on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its effect on families.

He is currently chief investigator for two research projects: "The effects of neurobehavioural impairments in adult children with severe traumatic brain injury on family functioning and psychological wellbeing of the parents" (in collaboration with the Liverpool Health Service); and "Predictors of nursing students' intentions to practice and promote sun safe exposure behaviours" (in collaboration with the School of Nursing at Australian Catholic University).

Malcolm has presented papers in Australia and overseas. He has clinical experience in neurosurgical and orthopaedic nursing. His education experience has covered the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students in nursing and research.

Malcolm has written two textbooks on medical surgical nursing and a chapter for a book about the psychology of stress. He is also a reviewer for the journal, Medical science monitor, and a senior lecturer and the postgraduate studies coordinator in the Faculty of Nursing and Health at Avondale.


You describe relatives of those suffering TBI as "casualities." Why?
The significant personality change of those suffering TBI places further stress on their relationships and leads to symptoms of distress. Relatives of those suffering TBI have difficulty coming to terms with changes in role functioning and subsequently experience high levels of burden.

Is the outcome for families always negative?
No. The families that cope well under these circumstances support one another, openly discuss the problems of TBI, tend not to view disability as threatening, and believe in God.

What does these outcomes suggest?
Combining individual coping theory, which has been the subject of a lot of study, with a broader study of family stress theory may strengthen research into how families adapt to brain injury.


BAppSc (Canberra CAE), MA (Macquarie), PhD (Macquarie), RN, ONC, FRCNA


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