Brain Injury Common Among Homeless Men
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A study published in the journal CMAJ Open points to a correlation between traumatic brain injury and homelessness. In the study, 111 men from an urban shelter received the Brain Injury Screening Questionnaire; demographic information and detailed brain injury histories were also collected. Forty-five percent of participants had a positive screening for traumatic brain injury, with 73% experiencing their first injury <18 years of age and 87% before the onset of homelessness. A lifetime history of arrest or mental illness and a parental history of substance abuse were significantly associated with a positive screening result. Additional research on traumatic brain injury may shed some light on complex issues related to homelessness, state the authors.
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