Vehicular or sports injuries can easily lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among teens. Though boys are more likely to sustain a brain injury (two to three for every female), when it comes to the emotional distress a teenager would experience after a TBI, girls are more likely to engage in more harmful and serious behavioral problems than boys, a recent study showed.
Conducted among 9,288 students between Grades 7 and 12 in Ontario, the study found that, though both sexes are prone to dangerous behaviors, girls are more likely to engage in more harmful behavior--such as smoking marijuana, binge drinking, and contemplating suicide--than boys.
However, the researchers could not put a definite reason behind the difference in post-TBI behavior between the sexes. They speculated that factors such as treatment differences, hormonal differences, and differences in cognitive abilities could have contributed to vastly different results between boys and girls.