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Brain Injury in Teens and Increased Emotional Problems

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Is a teenager who has suffered as traumatic brain injury more likely to suffer from emotional and behavioral problems?

A recent study out of Ontario sheds some light on this subject.

The lead author of this study was Dr. Gabriella Ilie PhD ( Division of Neurosurgery and Injury Prevention Research - St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario).

The researchers in this study surveyed 4,685 Ontario students between the ages of 11 and 20.

These students were asked whether they'd suffered a traumatic brain injury during their lifetime ( TBI being defined as a period of unconsciousness for at least 5 minutes or overnight hospitalization).

Twenty percent of the students reported having suffered a TBI ( male students were 47% percent more likely to report TBI than female students).

And those students who suffered a TBI were 52% more likely to have suffered elevated psychological stress as compared to those who hadn't.

This study was published on April 15, 2014 in PLoS Medicine.

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