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  • Delinquent youth may be at increased risk of Traumatic Brain injuries (TBIs) and related functional impairments, according to information sent to me by Paul Savery, the Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Co-ordinator at the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Such injuries are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in US adolescents, and in one study, researchers reported that "50% of the delinquent youth they studied had experienced a TBI (defined as having ever received a ‘blow to the head’). One-third of delinquents with TBIs were thought by their parents to have suffered adverse, long-term TBI-related effects, which diminished their ability to regulate behaviour and affect, attentional capacity, interpersonal skills, and school performance. Whereas sporting accidents were the leading cause of TBIs in non-delinquent control youth, comparatively large percentages of delinquent youth had suffered a TBI as a result of a fight, motor vehicle accident, or fall (Hux et al., 1998).'"

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Updated: February 08 2018