Research Reports - Psychological and adjustment problems due to acquired brain lesions in pediatric patients
J Child Neurol. 2014 Jan 21
Pastore V, Galbiati S, Villa F, Colombo K, Recla M, Adduci A, Avantaggiato P, Bardoni A, Strazzer S.
The aim of this study was to describe psychological, behavioral, and adjustment
problems in children and adolescents with acquired brain lesions of different
origins. Three groups of patients with acquired brain lesions (15 patients with
infectious origin, 37 with vascular origin, and 15 with other origin), ranging in
age from 4 to 18 years, received a psychological evaluation, including the Child
Behavior Checklist for ages 4 to 18 and the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale.
About half of the total sample (47.8%) showed psychological problems.
Difficulties varied according to the cause of the brain lesions. The most
problematic patients were children with brain lesions of infectious origin,
whereas children with brain lesions of vascular origin scored lower on most of
the Child Behavior Checklist scales. The authors conclude that psychological and
behavioral difficulties are very common among school-aged children with acquired
brain lesions, and their relevance and impact must necessarily be considered.