By Nicole Flatow April 19, 2014 at 11:13 am Updated: April 19, 2014 at 11:13 am
About half of teens between the ages of 16 and 18 suffered a traumatic brain injury before being locked up in a New York City jail, a new study finds.
Traumatic brain injuries can cause mood and behavior changes that vary depending on the nature of the injury, but often include impulsiveness, emotional volatility, and slowed brain processing speeds. These factors not only contribute the likelihood of individuals ending up in jail; they also affect the proper treatment while there and their likelihood of returning once released.
“Two of the most common features of TBI, emotional dysregulation [mood volatility] and processing speed, may be linked to criminal justice involvement as well as problems while in jail,” according to the study in the Journal of Adolescent Health…
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Traumatic Brain Injury Among Newly Admitted Adolescents in the New York City Jail System http://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(13)00833-1/fulltext#.U1TShMG2ELY.twitter