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August 1962

A Psychiatric Survey of Brain-Injured Children

Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine.
Formerly Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oregon Medical School, Portland.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;7(2):120-124. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01720020044007

Many authors stress psychiatric considerations in the brain-damaged child and imply a prevalence of emotional problems in these children. In particular, the literature dealing with cerebral palsy and related disorders2,4,11 emphasizes the psychologic disabilities of such children. Indeed, Denhoff7 and others6 have broadened the concept of cerebral palsy to signify the neuromotor component of a much broader syndrome of brain damage which may include any or all of such manifestations as neuromotor dysfunctions, speech and language problems, psychologic dysfunctions, and behavior disorders. On the other hand, abnormalities of the pre- and perinatal periods similar to those encountered in children who later develop cerebral palsy were found to be significantly associated with childhood behavior and emotional disorders in a study by

Rogers et al.17 However, no information appears in the literature to indicate the incidence of psychiatric problems

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