Pediatric Mild-Traumatic Brain Injury And Long Term Consequences – Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration
United States: Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Long-Term Consequences
September 27, 2021
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For a long time, clinicians believed that children who had suffered a mild traumatic brain injury would recover without problems. More recent research has shown the fallacy of this outdated belief. A new study published in Brain Injury examined the behavioral and emotional problems following pediatric mild traumatic brain injury.
In this study, 93 parents of children under 16 years of age with mild traumatic brain injury were asked to complete subscales of the age-appropriate versions of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function, and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory, as well as the Adolescent Scale of Participation at four years post-injury.
The study results showed that more than 19% of these children met the published criteria for clinically significant hyperactivity/inattention, problems with emotional functioning, problems with peer relationships, and problems with social functioning. Lower socioeconomic status of the family and more significant parental anxiety and depression were associated with general psychosocial problems.
The researchers concluded: “Findings indicate that as a group, children with mild TBI are characterized by increased behavioral, emotional and social problems four years after injury.” More information about this research can be found here.
Originally published on April 13, 2021
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