Psychological and adjustment problems due to acquired brain lesions in childhood: A comparison between post-traumatic patients and brain tumour survivors

Geraldina Poggi, M. Liscio, A. Adduci, S. Galbiati, M. Massimino, M. Sommovigo, M. Zettin, E. Figini, E. Castelli

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Objective: To define and differentiate psychological and adjustment problems due to brain injury or brain tumour in children and adolescents. Methods: Two groups of patients with acquired brain lesions (24 post-traumatic patients and 22 brain tumour survivors), ranging in age between 8-15 years, received a psychological evaluation, including the Child Behaviour Checklist for Ages 4-18 (CBCL) and the Vineland Behaviour Adaptive Scales (VABS). Results: Both groups showed psychological and social adjustment problems. Post-traumatic patients were more impaired than brain tumour survivors. Social adjustment problems were associated to externalizing problems in post-traumatic patients and internalizing problems in brain tumour surviving patients. Conclusions: These differences in psychological and behavioural disorders between the two groups must necessarily be considered when developing psychological treatment, rehabilitation plan and social re-entry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777-785
Number of pages9
JournalBrain Injury
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005



  • Brain injury
  • Brain tumours
  • Psychological problems
  • Social adjustment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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