Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Baird, Anne

Keywords

Age, Geriatric, NeuroPsychology, Older adults, Outcomes, Traumatic brain injury

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Older adults have a higher rate of mortality and complications after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) compared to other age groups, but little is known about their post-TBI cognitive and emotional outcomes. The present study aims to (1) elucidate the relation between age at time of injury with cognitive and emotional functioning post-TBI, and (2) examine whether age at time of injury moderates the relationship between post-TBI cognitive and emotional outcomes. Data from participants (n = 67) with mild-complicated to severe TBI who completed neuropsychological assessments for compensation purposes were retrospectively analyzed. Results revealed that age at time of injury was not related to cognitive and emotional functioning and did not moderate the relation between cognitive and emotional outcomes. These findings suggest that older adults who survive a TBI show cognitive and emotional outcomes similar to those of younger adults on a long-term basis.

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