Essay On Childhood Trauma

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Childhood Trauma is defined as “The experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.” (The National Institute of Mental Health). Childhood trauma is an epidemic that seems to be running its way throughout the world. Childhood trauma is a worldwide problem that can affect anyone and everyone. People tend to just try and help the problems that occur due to the childhood trauma, but not the problem itself. Many of these issues will also follow the child into their adult years and will cause negative effects. This paper will discuss the negative outcomes for a child who suffers from childhood trauma, and the negative outcomes that can follow them into adulthood. There are many factors that can cause childhood trauma. Some examples of childhood trauma include sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; physical and emotional neglect; incarcerated parent, and death of a loved one, domestic and community violence. Many other adverse experiences can cause childhood trauma, but these are the most common. These are also the items that are used to determine a child’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Scores (ACE’s). This is a score to help show how much trauma a child has gone through. It is also used by professionals to decide whether a child has suffered from childhood trauma and what may be some negative effects from their childhood trauma. (How Children Succeed, 2012) With childhood trauma comes the many negative effects that follow with this beast. Many children may suffer from behavioral, emotional, or learning problems. (Plumb, Bush, & Kersevich, 2016). Some of them may even be labeled as ‘bad kids’ even though no child is bad, but has had ba... ... middle of paper ... .... References Bucker, J., Kapczinski, F., Post, R., Cereser, K. M., Szobot, C., Yatham, L. N., . . . Anna, M. K.-S. (2012). Cognitive Impairment in School-Aged Children with Early Trauma. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 53, 758-764. Plumb, J. L., Bush, K. A., & Kersevich, S. E. (2016). Trauma-Sensitive Schools: An Evidence-Based Approach. School Social Work Journal, 40(2). Norway, R. (2017). Laying the Foundations of Health. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 21(1), 3-4. McCrory, C., Dooley, C., Layte, R., & Kenny, R. A. (2015). The Lasting Legacy of Childhood Adversity for Disease Risk in Later Life. Health Psychology, 34(7), 687-696. What is Childhood Trauma. (n.d.). Retrieved October 16, 2017, from Look Through Their Eyes website: Tough, P. (2012). How Children Succeed. Paul Tough.
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