Early identification of young people at risk of offending behaviour and mental health issues following traumatic brain injury.

  • McKinlay, Audrey (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is frequent, affecting 1 in 5 children by age 15. Adolescents with a history of TBI have been found to have higher rates of mental health problems such as inattentive behaviours and aggression, with up to 50% injured prior to age 5 displaying antisocial behaviour and/or psychiatric symptoms. However, when problems do emerge, the connection with TBI is rarely made. Therefore, mechanisms that result in young people with TBI coming into contact with youth justice or mental health services remain unknown. This research will identify environmental, cultural and individual characteristics of young people with TBI who engage in antisocial behaviour requiring interventions, and will provide an opportunity for prevention
Effective start/end date3/01/121/04/15


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$255,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$120,000.00