Research into young people with brain injury who offend
Young people who suffer traumatic brain injury
can have behavior problems and a University of Canterbury (UC)
adjunct professor is investigating whether there is evidence of
increased risk of offending behavior among this group of
Falls are the most common source of traumatic brain injury (TBI)
for children under 15 and fights, sporting injuries and motor
vehicle accidents are the most common forms of TBI for those over
15. The UC research is in collaboration with Monash University in
Monash's Dr Audrey McKinlay, who is a UC adjunct, says the major
objective is to investigate the number of young people who,
following a TBI in childhood, later suffer mental disorders,
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder,
mood disorders, substance abuse or anxiety.
``These disorders are associated with an increased risk of
offending behaviour, so we also want to find out whether there is
evidence of increased offending behaviour among this population,''
Dr McKinlay says.
``TBI accounts for over three percent of all hospital admissions
and costs the Accident Compensation Corporation around $100 million
a year for post-acute treatment and rehabilitation. Therefore, the
development of interventions aimed at reducing adverse outcomes
will have a major cost benefit.
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