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Attentional skills in the acute phase following pediatric traumatic brain injury.

Authors
  • Catroppa, C
  • Anderson, V
Type
Published Article
Journal
Child neuropsychology : a journal on normal and abnormal development in childhood and adolescence
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1999
Volume
5
Issue
4
Pages
251–264
Identifiers
PMID: 10925709
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Only a limited number of studies have investigated attention following pediatric head-injury. The present study examined sustained attention and processing speed in a group of children who had sustained a mild (n = 27), moderate (n = 33) or severe (n = 16) traumatic brain injury (TBI). No significant differences were evident between the TBI groups on reaction time measures. Results did show that the severe TBI group exhibited greater deficits in the area of sustained attention, in comparison to children with mild and moderate injuries, in the acute stage following traumatic brain injury. This difficulty may impact on the future development of skills dependent on intact attentional capacity.

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