Self-reported head injuries among delinquent youth

Authored by: Brian E. Perron , Michael G. Vaughn , Joseph Ryan , Christopher Salas-Wright , Mary Ruffolo , Erick Guerrero

The Routledge International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415722131
eBook ISBN: 9781315858449
Adobe ISBN: 9781317936749


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Head injuries may include a number of injuries to the scalp, skull, or brain that are the result of concussions, scalp wounds, skull fractures, and other head trauma (NIH, 2013). The consequences of head injuries depend on a variety of dimensions of injury (e.g. type, location, severity, premorbid functioning, receipt and timing of medical intervention, etc.). If a head injury disrupts the normal function of the brain, it is referred to as a traumatic brain injury, TBI (CDC, 2013). Whether a head injury can be classified as a TBI is determined by the same variety of factors that influenced the consequences of the head injury (type, location, severity). This conflation of factors makes it difficult to assess accurately whether a head injury should be classified as a TBI, and also to predict any long-term outcomes.

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