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The purpose of this study was to assess the perceived needs of relatives living with head-injured individuals and the helpfulness of family support groups in meeting these needs. Questionnaires were distributed at five separate support meetings. The respondents were mostly mothers of head-injured males. Situational influences perceived as being most stressful to family members were behavior changes, decreased memory, and decision-making problems of the head-injured person. Most of the mothers reported that their largest concern was what would happen to their injured sons if something happened to them. Educational needs of the subjects were identified as information on the effects of head injuries, community resources and financial assistance, and honest answers to questions. Psychological needs expressed were to feel that there was hope, to know what the future held, to have emotional support, and to talk about feelings. Support groups were helpful in meeting these needs. Areas for future development of family support groups were identified.