Many of these live with chronic, perpetual and relentless trauma (e.g. living in a family in which there is ongoing abuse) thus denying the child periods of time for recovery between events (which can lead to complex posttraumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD).
After a traumatic life event, the vast majority of of children will experience severe distress; however, in the case of complex posttraumatic stress disorder, effects may be considerably delayed.
The more social and family support the child has, the more likely it is that he/she will be able to make a recovery. However, many children will also require clinical intervention. Sadly, at the current time, the majority of children who require clinical intervention do not receive it. This is, in part, due to the fact that childhood trauma frequently goes unacknowledged.
The child’s reaction to trauma is affected by the context in which it occurs.
How the child reacts to the trauma will be affected by his / her age and level of maturity.
The child’s response, and adjustment, to trauma, can involve several stages.
Individuals who have been exposed to severe, ongoing, chronic trauma during childhood are at high risk of developing a SERIOUSLY IMPAIRED CAPACITY to cope and deal with subsequent stress in their lives.
Early life trauma can reprogram our DNA.
When a child is affected by trauma his / her parents/family are also affected and how they respond, and how they interact with the child, will also affect how the child reacts to the traumatic experience.
The child’s developmental level will affect how s / he responds to the trauma.
The culture in which the child exists will affect how s / he responds to the trauma.
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David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).