Every year, more than 500,000 teenagers sustain an injury that results in a serious concussion. A recent study by the Division of Neurosurgery and Injury Prevention sought to learn about traumatic brain injuries and how they contribute to psychological and behavioral problems in young adults.
The study, which included more than 4,000 middle and high school students, looked for a correlation between traumatic brain injury and problematic social behaviors. The study asked students to report lifetime TBI, defined as a head injury where the subject was unconscious for five minutes or more, or requiring at least one night’s stay in the hospital.
Researchers then gave students a questionnaire assessing their mental and emotional health through questions about depressive symptoms, anxiety, and social dysfunction. Students reported if they had ever:
- Been bullied, including cyberbullying
- Contemplated suicide
- Sought help from a counseling hotline
- Hurt someone on purpose
- Had fights with other students
- Ran away from home
The study found that teens who reported a traumatic brain injury were 52 percent more likely to report elevated psychological distress than students without brain injury. These students were also at a higher risk for being bullied and attempting suicide, and more than twice as likely to exhibit problematic social behaviors like theft, threats and violence.
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“These results show that preventable brain injuries, mental health and behavioral problems among teens continue to remain a blind spot in our culture,” one of the researchers stated.
The researchers believe that the best way to address these issues is for primary care doctors to be aware of traumatic brain injuries in their patients, and screen them for possible mental and behavioral problems.
Traumatic brain injuries can create consequences far beyond the physical injury. To talk to a lawyer well-versed in the social and psychological ramifications of traumatic brain injury, please contact Metier Law Firm. We have years of experience fighting for justice in these type of cases.
[Did You Know: Male students are 47 percent more likely to report TBI than female students.]
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