Aggression after paediatric traumatic brain injury: A theoretical approach

Dooley‌, Julian J., Anderson, Vicki, Hemphill, Sheryl A. and Ohan, Jeneva (2008) Aggression after paediatric traumatic brain injury: A theoretical approach. Brain Injury, 22 11: 836-846. doi:10.1080/02699050802425444

Author Dooley‌, Julian J.
Anderson, Vicki
Hemphill, Sheryl A.
Ohan, Jeneva
Title Aggression after paediatric traumatic brain injury: A theoretical approach
Journal name Brain Injury   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1362-301X
Publication date 2008-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02699050802425444
Volume 22
Issue 11
Start page 836
End page 846
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kindgom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
Formatted abstract
Primary objective:
To examine aggression in adolescent males with and without traumatic brain injury (TBI). Design: Quasi-experimental, matched-participants design.
Thirty-nine adolescents were examined, including a TBI group (n=11) and a matched, uninjured comparison group (n=28). Participants with TBI were injured an average of 8.3 years (SD=4.2 years) prior. Participants and parents completed the Youth Self Report (YSR) and the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), both measures of global psychopathology. In addition, the theoretically-driven Reactive and Proactive Aggression Questionnaire (RPQ) and the Form of Aggression Scale (FAS) were completed.
Main outcomes and results:
When compared using the YSR and CBCL, no group differences were detected. In contrast, using the self-report RPQ, participants with TBI reported more reactive and proactive aggression than non-injured peers. Using the FAS, participants with TBI reported engaging in aggression out of frustration and not to dominate or acquire objects.
Aggressive behaviours are a long-term outcome after paediatric TBI. Measures of global psychopathology do not permit detailed examination of specific behaviour problems such as aggression, which may provide inaccurate data from which to derive incidence rates. In contrast, theoretically-driven measures can provide greater insight into post-TBI aggression with important treatment implications.
© 2008 Informa UK Ltd
Keyword Traumatic brain injury
Adolescent males
Paediatric traumatic brain injury
Aggressive behaviours
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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