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Healing Invisible Wounds: Why Investing in Trauma-informed Care for Children Makes Sense

by Erica J. Adams

ABSTRACT:  Childhood trauma is a pressing public health concern for at least four million young people in the United States. The identification of children who have experienced trauma is done inappropriately or infrequently. Neurological, psychological, or social effects may result in the incarceration of traumatized young people. Children are rarely screened for trauma in the juvenile justice system.  A review of the literature suggests the need to enhance public and professional understanding of the effects of childhood trauma, to improve screening for and the assessment of trauma exposure, to establish early intervention programs, to provide treatment programs for traumatized youth, to consider trauma-related issues at sentencing, and to invest in trauma-informed programs.




Posted Wed, Mar 2 2011 2:17 PM by Tracey Vessels

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