Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Rourke, Byron P.,


Psychology, Clinical.




The present study was designed to identify subtypes of psychosocial functioning in a sample of children who had sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI). Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) profiles were subjected to cluster analysis and then to Q-Factor analysis. The subjects consisted of 92 children and adolescents aged 12 to 18 who had been treated at either a community or an acute rehabilitation centre following a mild, moderate or severe TBI. Sixty-four of the subjects were classified into a four-category psychosocial typology using Q-Factor analysis. Based on the mean clinical scale elevations of the eight CBCL syndromes, the subtypes were labelled Normal (n = 32), Attention ( n = 14), Delinquent (n = 10), and Withdrawn-Somatic (n = 8). This typology was found to overlap in part with previous TBI psychosocial typology (Butler et al., 1997) and with three of the clinical Profile types derived by Achenbach (1993) for the CBCL. The majority of subjects, including those who sustained severe TBI, were assigned to the Normal subtype. The overall level of psychosocial deviance was relatively mild in the other three subtypes. Some evidence suggested that children who were injured at younger ages were more likely to exhibit psychosocial problems compared to those who were injured later in their development. The results of this study support previous typology efforts and confirm the heterogeneous presentation of social and emotional functioning following TBI.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2000 .H39. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0594. Adviser: Byron P. Rourke. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2000.