Premorbid emotional and behavioural adjustment in children with mild head injuries

Brain Inj. Jan-Feb 1992;6(1):29-37. doi: 10.3109/02699059209008119.

Abstract

This study investigated the hypothesis that children sustaining a mild closed head injury have a higher prevalence of premorbid behavioural problems than children in the general community. The prevalence of emotional and behavioural problems among children with a mild closed head injury was compared with the prevalence of problems in children with a severe closed head injury, children in the general community, and children referred to a psychiatric outpatient clinic. The results showed that the children with a mild head injury did not have significantly more premorbid emotional and behavioural problems than other children in the community. The children with a mild head injury also had significantly fewer emotional and behavioural problems than children referred to a psychiatric outpatient clinic. The results suggest that the common assumption that children with a mild closed head injury have a higher prevalence of premorbid emotional and behavioural problems than other children in the general community may not be correct.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Affective Symptoms / diagnosis
  • Affective Symptoms / psychology*
  • Brain Damage, Chronic / diagnosis
  • Brain Damage, Chronic / psychology*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Head Injuries, Closed / diagnosis
  • Head Injuries, Closed / psychology*
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Learning Disabilities / diagnosis
  • Learning Disabilities / psychology
  • Male
  • Neurocognitive Disorders / diagnosis
  • Neurocognitive Disorders / psychology*
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Personality Development*