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Traumatic brain injury among mothers identified as having a high risk of child maltreatment: A pilot study

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posted on 29.08.2018, 00:00 by A McKinlay, C van Vliet-Ruissen, Annabel Taylor
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs frequently and may result in deficits in concentration, fatigue, attention, aggression and emotion regulation; significantly impacting an individual's ability to function. This study examined reports of TBI among mothers identified as having high risk for child abuse/maltreatment. Participants were 206 Mothers referred to a child abuse prevention programme (The Family Help Trust, Christchurch, New Zealand) between 2003 and 2010 (n = 206); TBI prevalence of 36.4 % (n = 75). One-third had experienced multiple TBI (n = 24), and 58.7 % (n = 44) of those reporting TBI had experienced their first injury prior to age 16. TBI in at-risk mothers was more than three times the TBI found in community samples, with many injuries occurring in childhood. Given the increased prevalence of TBI among mothers at high risk of child abuse, there is a need for greater information regarding the long-term outcomes of TBI, particularly for vulnerable groups requiring assistance to manage life roles. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

29

Issue

4

Start Page

391

End Page

395

Number of Pages

5

eISSN

1573-2851

ISSN

0885-7482

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Family Violence

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CQUniversity

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