Pediatric traumatic brain injuries can have a profound impact on emotional, behavioral, and social development. While physical and cognitive recovery is commonly studied, there has been a lack of research on the incidence of social impairment and factors influencing recovery.
This study identified five social recovery profiles, where resilience in social competence was linked to intact family and parent function, adaptive abilities, cognition, and social participation. Meanwhile, vulnerability in the social domain related to behavioral concerns, poor adaptive abilities, and parental and family health.
The findings emphasized the necessity of comprehensive social assessments in understanding the complexity of social recovery.