Risky behaviours after head injury more common in girls

Girls who suffer brain injuries may be more susceptible to behavioural problems like psychological distress and smoking compared to boys, according to a new study.

Based on 9,288 students, the American-based study revealed that girls who suffered brain injuries were more likely to report having contemplated suicide, experiences psychological distress, been the target of bullying and having smoked cigarettes. Since the results were based on the young people’s responses, the researchers could not determine causation, nor could they provide a definitive explanation for the gender differences. In the study, they speculate that it could have to do with a variety of factors that include hormonal differences and treatment differences. Dr. Geoffrey Manley, vice chairman of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, was not involved in the study but has another theory. According to his own research, women tend to be more forthcoming about their concussion symptoms than men. “Currently, we don’t have a clear idea of what exactly a concussion is,” He said. “Women are more honest about their symptoms than boys.” Read the full story.
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