Research Theme: Maternal & Child Health
Research Title: Offending behaviour in young adult survivors of traumatic brain injury
Research Interests: Disability, Brain Injury, Childhood Development
Supervisors: Dr Mark Linden, Professor Maria Lohan, Professor Jackie Bates-Gaston
My study aims to explore the prevalence of traumatic brain injury among young offenders in Northern Ireland.
The Youth Justice Agency reports that 1 in every 1000 young people in Northern Ireland were involved in Custodial Services in 2012/2013. Childhood brain injury is estimated to affect between 280-1373 in every 100,000 young people. It is expected that a large number of young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system have sustained a brain injury.
Adolescents with TBI have also been found to commit both violent and non-violent crimes significantly more often than adolescents without TBI (Luukkainen, Riala, Laukkanen, Hakko, & Rasanen, 2012). Leon-Carrion and Ramos (2003) showed how a history of paediatric TBI was linked with violent offending in adulthood, and what differentiated the violent from the non-violent group of prisoners was a history of untreated head injury, highlighting the need to identify and treat at-risk individuals.
Face-to-face interviews will be conducted to identify traumatic brain injuries amongst young offenders and questionnaires will compare personality characteristics between brain injured and non-brain injured groups.
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2015- First International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury (Poster)
2016- Division of Clinical Psychology Northern Ireland Annual Conference (Oral)
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