Recovery from Head Trauma: A Curvilinear Process?

  • Christy L. Jones
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


Literally millions of Americans suffer from head injury annually (Caveness, 1977), and nearly one half million of these injuries are severe and require medical treatment and possible rehabilitation (Kolb, 1989). Head injuries occur at the highest frequency between the ages of 2 and 6 and again between 15 and 18 years of age (Gordon, 1989). An analysis of trauma victims from two trauma centers indicates that head injury is the most expensive and time-consuming form of medical emergency for the American public (MacKenzie, Siegel, Shapiro, Moody, & Smith, 1988). While advancing medical technology has significantly decreased the number of deaths resulting from these accidents (Levin, Grossman, Rose, & Teasdale, 1979), progress in the areas of outcome prediction and rehabilitation has been slow to follow (Long & Gouvier, 1982). One possible reason for the paucity of progress in these areas is the lack of a well-defined conceptualization of the course of recovery.


Head Injury Recovery Process Head Trauma Neuropsychological Assessment Severe Head Injury 
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  • Christy L. Jones
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMemphis State UniversityMemphisUSA

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