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Concussions Alter How a Child Interacts With and Views Their Parents

CHU Sainte-Justine researchers have recently released a study, which was published by the Journal of Neuropsychology, that discovered a possible yet significant link between a young child’s concussion and the degradation of their relationships with their parents. Since 1 out of 50 children between ages 0 and 5 will suffer a concussion or similar mild traumatic brain injury each year, the reach of the research is extensive and could lead to new treatments being used in the future.

The researchers were concerned that poor parent-child relationships directly equated to poor social skills in teenage and adult life. The tail end of this chain of habits could be reduced standards of living, lessened incomes, and criminal behavior. After realizing that such a large percentage of children will experience a head injury at some point in their lives, the laboratory focused on how that could hamper a child’s development, specifically how they interact with and view their parental figures.

130 children, all ages between 18 months and 60 months old, were recruited for the study. They were then divided into three distinct groups: those who had suffered a mild brain injury, those who had suffered an injury that did not involve the head, and those who had never suffered a serious injury. Using questionnaires and filmed parent-child interaction sessions, the researchers collectively determined the strength of a parent’s communication skills with their children, as well as the child’s willingness to cooperate and emotional stability.

While it became clear that the group of children who had suffered a concussion or similar head injury had the least beneficial relationships with their parents, the exact reasoning is not known at this time. Researchers point out that the reduced parent-child relationship strength could be caused by the child’s neurological reactions, the parent’s added stress to protect and raise them with care, or a mix of both. More studies will be necessary but it is a promising beginning.

For more information regarding brain injuries and what you can do to seek compensation after your child suffers one, contact Anderson & Boutwell today. Our Louisiana brain injury attorneys can study your case to determine if someone should be held liable for what happened. Call us at 985.796.2245 for a free case evaluation.