Research Reports - Preinjury emotional-behavioral functioning of children with lingering problems after mild traumatic brain injury

J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2015 Aug 10:appineuropsych14120373. [Epub ahead of print]

Peterson RL(1), Connery AK(1), Baker DA(1), Kirkwood MW(1).

This study aimed to characterize preinjury emotional-behavioral functioning in
pediatric patients with lingering problems after mild traumatic brain injury
(TBI). The clinical case series design included 278 patients 8-17 years old.
Parents retrospectively rated children's preinjury emotional-behavioral
functioning on a broadband questionnaire. The rate of clinically significant
preinjury anxiety was elevated compared with national norms. The number of
previous TBIs was associated with clinically significant preinjury externalizing
problems, suggesting a link between externalizing disorders and mild TBI
exposure. Premorbid emotional-behavioral difficulties may play an important role
in the establishment or maintenance of lingering symptoms after pediatric mild

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