Traumatic Brain Injury in Teens May Lead to Substance Abuse

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Substance abuse could be a coping mechanism used by adolescents to deal with the effects of TBI.

This study aims to establish whether age and sex moderate the influence of other traumatic brain injury psychological health correlates.

Gabriela Ilie, MD, of the division of neurosurgery and injury prevention research office at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and colleagues assessed whether either sex, or sex and age both moderate the association between traumatic brain injury and various psychological health traumatic brain injury associates—specifically, academic performance, mental health, substance use, bullying, suicide, and physical injuries. Results have important implications for more tailored injury prevention efforts.

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