Marwitz, MA, Viginia Commonwealth University/Medical College
of Virginia at
Citation Marwitz, J. (2000).
The Family Needs Questionnaire. The Center for Outcome
Measurement in Brain Injury. http://www.tbims.org/
combi/fnq ( accessed
to the Family Needs Questionnaire
have recognized that brain injury impacts family members as well
as the person with the injury. For many survivors, families assume
the long-term responsibility of helping them return to an active
life. Furthermore, injury-related changes disrupt family members'
lives, often eliciting a long-term process of emotional turmoil,
confusion, and grieving. The Family Needs Questionnaire (Kreutzer
& Marwitz, 1989) was developed to provide information about
family members' unique needs after traumatic brain injury. Information
is collected regarding perceptions of: (1) the importance of needs;
and (2) the extent to which each need has been met.
FNQ includes 40 items representing diverse needs that may arise
during acute rehabilitation, soon after discharge, and in the long-term.
Factor analytically derived scales include: Health Information,
Emotional Support, Instrumental Support, Professional Support, Community
Support Network, and Involvement with Care. Family members are asked
to indicate the importance of each perceived need and then rate
the degree to which the need has been met.
the FNQ is proprietary, the complete set of items and the content
of the manual are not provided in the COMBI. For further information,
please contact: Jenny
Marwitz, MA at
you find the information in the COMBI useful, please mention it
when citing sources of information. The information on the Family
Needs Questionnaire may be cited as:
Marwitz, J. (2000). The Family Needs Questionnaire. The Center
for Outcome Measurement in Brain Injury. http://www.tbims.org/combi/fnq