Practitioner review: psychological sequelae of head injury in children and adolescents

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2001 Feb;42(2):165-80.


Many children suffer an injury to the head at some time, but relatively few of these cause major problems. However, in a few cases the sequelae can be far reaching. This review considers how to evaluate the significance of a head injury. Factors to consider are (1) injury variables: cause, severity and type of injury; (2) child variables: premorbid functioning, age, and developmental level of the child both at injury and at assessment; and (3) the cognitive, behavioural, and emotional problems that may arise. Parental beliefs and knowledge about the injury as well as the overall effect of an injury on the family as a whole are also considered.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Affective Symptoms / etiology*
  • Age Factors
  • Brain / pathology
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / etiology*
  • Child Development*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / complications
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / psychology*
  • Family Health
  • Humans
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Severity of Illness Index