An Analysis of the Differences in Educational Attainment between TBI Severity Level, Gender, and Injury Cause
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has become increasingly prevalent in the last ten years and poses a major threat to public health. TBI continues to plague millions of individuals around the world on an annual basis (Galgano et al., 2017). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the differences in the educational attainment of TBI survivors across injury severity, gender, and cause of injury. This study examined the differences in the educational attainment across severity levels classified as mild, moderate, and severe. Second, this study examined differences in educational attainment of TBI survivors between males and females. Lastly, this study evaluated the differences between the educational attainment of TBI survivors across injury cause categories. Secondary data was utilized from the 2019 Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center (TBINDSC). In this study, a One-Way ANOVA and Independent Samples t-test were used to evaluate the data and examine differences in educational attainment across gender and severity categories. It was found that there was a significant difference in educational attainment across severity levels, however, there was not a significant difference found between educational attainment and gender. Furthermore, this study found that there was a significant difference in educational attainment across injury cause categories. This shows a need for increased promotion of safety measures to avoid injuries due to risky behaviors.
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Public Health
Public Health, Education