Aggression after traumatic brain injury: Prevalence and correlates

Vani Rao, Paul Rosenberg, Melaine Bertrand, Saeed Salehinia, Jennifer Spiro, Sandeep Vaishnavi, Pramit Rastogi, Kathy Noll, David J. Schretlen, Jason Brandt, Edward Cornwell, Michael Makley, Quincy Samus Miles

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Abstract

Aggression after traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common but not well defined. Sixty-seven participants with first-time TBI were evaluated for aggression within 3 months of injury. The prevalence of aggression was found to be 28.4%, predominantly verbal aggression. Post-TBI aggression was associated with new-onset major depression (p=0.02), poorer social functioning (p=0.04), and increased dependency in activities of daily living (p=0.03), but not with a history of substance abuse or adult/childhood behavioral problems. Implications of the study include early screening for aggression, evaluation for depression, and consideration of psychosocial support in aggressive patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-429
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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