Study: Half of Jailed New York City Youths Have Brain Injury

 – April 18, 2014  –– 

About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders. Experts say the findings, published this week in The Journal of Adolescent Health, could lead to better training for correction officers on how to deal with the possible symptoms of such trauma, which include problems with impulse control and decision-making. "You need to train the correction officers to understand brain injuries so that when somebody may be acting rude or answering back or forgetting what they're supposed to do, it's not a sign of maladaptive misbehavior or disrespect, it's a sign of a brain injury," said Wayne Gordon, MD, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

-Dr. Wayne Gordon, Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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