Study Links Traumatic Brain Injuries and Child Behavioral Problems

A new study that was published in the journal “PLOS ONE” late in 2014 showed that children who had suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) were more likely to have behavioral problems. Mental health professionals have long recognized the long term consequences of traumatic brain injuries, but this particular study was designed to identify whether a person’s age at the time of the TBI had an impact on those consequences.

Examining The Study

The study was centered on data from more than 9,000 students in grades 7-12 who had suffered a traumatic brain injury. The researches defined TBI as any student who had required overnight hospitalization or was knocked unconscious for at least five minutes as a result of a head injury. Among the students analyzed, researchers noted that “team sports” was the most common cause of head injuries. That is somewhat unsurprising given the amount of media coverage head injuries – and particularly concussions – have received in recent years.

After analyzing the data, researchers concluded that adolescents who suffer traumatic brain injuries are more likely to have psychological and behavioral problems. Some of the behaviors listed included suicidal thoughts and drug and nicotine use.

Why The Study Matters

The study is important in that it further shows the true long term damage traumatic brain injuries can have on children. Children who suffer a TBI frequently suffer from not only behavioral and psychological issues, but memory impairment, sleep disturbances, personality changes and other life altering consequences.

Traumatic brain injuries in children are more common than many people realize. Each year, tens of thousands of children suffer traumatic brain injuries in car accidents, bike accidents and other incidents that lead to serious head injuries.

Seeking a Personal Injury Attorney?

If your child is suffering from the effects of a traumatic brain injury, you should consult with a personal injury attorney to determine if you have any legal options for seeking compensation. Depending on the nature of the accident that caused the brain injury, another party may be liable for the damages that have been caused. Contact our personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.


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