Behavioral changes after closed head injury in children

J Consult Clin Psychol. 1990 Feb;58(1):93-8. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.58.1.93.


This study provides a longitudinal follow-up of the behavioral adjustment of 45 children with mild, moderate, and severe closed head injuries. Two measures of behavioral adjustment, the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS), were obtained from a parent at the time of injury and at 6 and 12 months postinjury. The severely injured children obtained significantly poorer VABS scores than children with mild and moderate injuries over the year-long follow-up. In addition, on the CBCL, severely injured children had more school problems and engaged in fewer social activities than mild and moderately injured children. These results show that severe head injury in children was associated with declines in adaptive functioning, whereas scores for children with mild and moderate injuries did not differ, nor did they deviate from average levels at any follow-up interval.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child Behavior*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cognition
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / psychology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Social Adjustment*