ERIC Number: EJ790483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Comparative Study of the Cognitive Sequelae of School-Aged Victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome
Stipanicic, Annie; Nolin, Pierre; Fortin, Gilles; Gobeil, M. F.
Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal, v32 n3 p415-428 Mar 2008
Objective: Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is now recognized as being the main cause of severe traumatic brain injury in infancy. However, our understanding of the impact of this type of abuse on child development remains sketchy. The main objective of the current study was therefore to shed light on the cognitive dysfunctions that are particular to SBS victims once they are school-aged. Method: A clinical group was formed of 11 children diagnosed with SBS who had been admitted between 1988 and 1999 to a tertiary pediatric hospital in Quebec, Canada. The children were matched for age, gender, socio-economic status, and family composition to 11 healthy Quebec children, who made up the control group. A battery of composite tests was developed to assess the children's main cognitive functions and was administered individually to the 22 children. A univariate t-test was used to compare the performances of the two groups. Results: The mean age of the children in the clinical and control groups at the time of the assessment was 87.64 months and 90.18 months, respectively. Pairing and birth data were equivalent for both groups. Significant weaknesses were noted in the clinical group for intelligence quotient (IQ), working memory, mental organization, alternation, and inhibition. These deficits seemed to have a greater impact on the verbal sphere of the children's mental functioning. Conclusion: Primary results point to the anterior cerebral regions of the brain as the principal site of dysfunctions that persist years post-trauma. It is important to consider these results longitudinally, even in children apparently less extensively affected, since the frontal regions only reach maturity at the end of adolescence.
Descriptors: Control Groups, Socioeconomic Status, Neurological Impairments, Intelligence Quotient, Program Effectiveness, Memory, Foreign Countries, Brain, Comparative Analysis, Child Abuse, Cognitive Ability, Hospitals, Pediatrics, Measures (Individuals), Diagnostic Tests, Verbal Ability, Longitudinal Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada