A study has found that younger adults with acquired brain injury who are placed in nursing homes can suffer significant psychological effects.

It also found that they do not have access to the rehabilitation they need.

Dr Aoife Dwyer, a clinical psychologist carried out this study at the School of Psychology at NUIG, in conjunction with the charity Headway.

The study, which is the first of its kind internationally, is entitled "Adding Insult to Brain Injury". It involved six in-depth interviews with people with an acquired brain injury who were living in nursing homes in Ireland.

The study found that until there is more investment in dedicated services for those with acquired brain injuries, a proportion of young adults will continue to be compelled to live in accommodation designed for older people.

Those living there report being unable to adapt their homes for their disability, an unwillingness to burden family, and having no alternative option.

They reported psychological effects such as a feeling of isolation, living in an institution and feeling that their lives had stagnated.

Earlier this week the HSE confirmed that 1,200 people under 65 - many with disabilities - are living in nursing home accommodation.

International research suggests that acquired brain injury is one of the leading causes of disability in young adults.