Aggression after traumatic brain injury: prevalence and correlates.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Aggression after traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common but not well defined. Sixty-seven participants with first-time TBI were evaluated for aggression within 3 months of injury. The prevalence of aggression was found to be 28.4%, predominantly verbal aggression. Post-TBI aggression was associated with new-onset major depression (p=0.02), poorer social functioning (p=0.04), and increased dependency in activities of daily living (p=0.03), but not with a history of substance abuse or adult/childhood behavioral problems. Implications of the study include early screening for aggression, evaluation for depression, and consideration of psychosocial support in aggressive patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rao, V; Rosenberg, P; Bertrand, M; Salehinia, S; Spiro, J; Vaishnavi, S; Rastogi, P; Noll, K; Schretlen, DJ; Brandt, J; Cornwell, E; Makley, M; Miles, QS

Published Date

  • 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 420 - 429

PubMed ID

  • 19996251

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2918269

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-7222

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/jnp.2009.21.4.420


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States