Learning to Minimize Risky Behaviors for Teens with TBI

Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about education and effective programs to help teens with TBI make positive choices.

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[Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa] As far as the risky behaviors that teens engage in— one of the things we learned from having medical students doing interviews with them is they were telling our medical students confidentially what they were engaging in in their communities that their parents weren't aware of. And that made us—that's like a typical teen, and that hasn't changed. So we are making more of an effort in our program this year to address those issues. In the past, we've given parents more information on substance abuse, alcohol abuse, and monitoring your teen for that from some successful campaigns, and we've educated the teens about making healthy choices for wellness and fitness. Our program also has peer coaches who are from local universities, so they're a little bit older than the teens and they're in college. We formed kind of a group within the program where we talk about positive choices, but also we established a Facebook group, and that was very helpful. It's by invitation only from the members and the peer coaches. We've asked our peer coaches to put the positive things they're doing in their community like getting together with their friends and volunteering, so we're trying to give them positive role models and ways that they can engage in their community.
Posted on BrainLine July 2, 2013.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Justin Rhodes, and Lara Collins, BrainLine.