Parental perspectives on recovery and social reintegration after pediatric traumatic Brain Injury
OBJECTIVE: To determine the validity of parental ratings of their child's overall recovery and social reintegration after pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). SETTING: Primary care hospital/medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Ninety-nine children aged 6 to 16 years (80 with TBI and 19 orthopedic trauma controls) evaluated as outpatients. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Parental ratings of overall recovery and social reintegration; neuropsychological test performance. RESULTS: Severity of injury correlated with postacute parental ratings of the child's overall recovery (r ≤ ĝ̂'0.498, N ≤ 84, P ≤ .001) and social reintegration (r ≤ ĝ̂'0.507, N ≤ 84, P ≤ .001). A similar correlation was observed between TBI severity and a known ĝ€ objectiveĝ€ marker of recovery (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-III Coding subtest; r ≤ ĝ̂'0.503, N ≤ 84, P ≤ .001). CONCLUSIONS: The present findings support the concurrent validity of parental perspectives of a child's overall recovery and social reintegration after pediatric TBI. Incorporating these views may assist in the rehabilitation of children following brain injury. Parental reasons for judging a childs recovery as incompleteg may differ as a function of severity of injury. © 2008 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
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Prigatano, George P. and Gray, Jennifer, "Parental perspectives on recovery and social reintegration after pediatric traumatic Brain Injury" (2008). Clinical Neuropsychology. 227.