Journal article

Behavioral and Emotional Difficulties after Pediatric Concussion

Alice Gornall, Michael Takagi, Cathriona Clarke, Franz E Babl, Gavin A Davis, Kevin Dunne, Nicholas Anderson, Stephen JC Hearps, Thibaut Demaneuf, Vanessa Rausa, Vicki Anderson



Pediatric concussion is a major public health concern. Despite the prevalence of behavior problems following concussion and their potential role in prolonged symptoms, little is known about how child and adolescent behavior may impact post-concussion recovery. We sought to examine change in behavioral and emotional functioning in a sample of children ages 5 to <18 years with concussion. This study reports on data collected as part of a larger single-site prospective longitudinal cohort study. Participants were recruited from the Emergency Department (ED) of a tertiary children's hospital and completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) at 2 weeks (acute; T2) and 3 months (post-acute; T4) po..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the participating families and ED staff at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, for their support of this study. The authors also extend their gratitude to the dedicated volunteers and research assistants without whom this study would not have been possible.This study was funded by the Royal Children's Hospital Research Foundation and the Victorian Government Operational Infrastructure Scheme. Hearps was funded by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Development Grant, Babl was funded by the Royal Children's Hospital Research Foundation and NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship, and Anderson 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.Gornall was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship.