Journal article

Trajectories and Risk Factors for Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms following Pediatric Concussion

Katherine Truss, Celia Godfrey, Michael Takagi, Franz E Babl, Silvia Bressan, Stephen Hearps, Cathriona Clarke, Kevin Dunne, Vicki Anderson

JOURNAL OF NEUROTRAUMA | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

A substantial minority of children experience post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) following injury. Research indicates variation in the trajectory of PTSS following pediatric injury, but investigation of PTSS following concussion has assumed homogeneity. This study aimed to identify differential trajectories of PTSS following pediatric concussion and to investigate risk factors, including acute post-concussive symptoms (PCS), associated with these trajectories. A total of 120 children ages 8-18 years reported PTSS for 3 months following concussion diagnosis using the Child PTSD Symptom Scale, with a score of 16 or above indicating probable post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis. Age, gen..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Royal Children's Hospital Research Foundation and the Victorian Government Operational Infrastructure Scheme. SH was funded by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Development grant, FEB was funded by the Royal Children's Hospital Research Foundation, and VA by an NHMRC Senior Practitioner Fellowship. The funding organizations did not have a role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.