Untreated Traumatic Brain Injury Keeps Youth in Juvenile Justice System
Date:  07-06-2017

Systematic assessment for TBI urged for all entering juvenile justice system
From the Juvenile Justice Information Exchanger:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) within youth, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an injury to the head that causes disruption of the normal function of the brain, is fast becoming an issue of concern for parents across the United States. High-profile incidents of TBI reported in professional athletes have sparked conversations on the safety of youth participation in a variety of sporting activities including hockey, boxing, soccer and full-contact football.

TBI that occurs during sporting events is only the tip of the iceberg. TBI also occurs frequently because of falls, motor vehicle accidents, fights and physical abuse perpetrated by adults. Hence, youth between the ages of 15 to 19 are one of the highest-risk groups to experience TBI, and the consequences of this high rate of TBI within youth are diverse and far reaching. TBI within youth have been shown to be associated with higher levels of anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, attempted suicide, and abuse of alcohol and/or drugs. Furthermore, TBI has also been shown to increase criminal behavior by youth and lead to their later involvement with law enforcement. A systematic review of research found that TBI is approximately three times more likely to occur within youth in the juvenile justice system relative to their nondelinquent peers.

Therefore, we make an urgent call to action to all practitioners across the juvenile justice system to focus on TBI with evidence-driven assessment tools and interventions. Continue reading >>>