Trauma

Childhood trauma—a response to events or circumstances a child experiences as physically or emotionally threatening, frightening, or harmful—has been found to strongly influence an individual’s health and development over their life course. Child Trends studies the impacts of trauma on the well-being of children and their parents/caregivers, as well as the effectiveness of interventions across service settings (e.g., mental health, early childhood education, child welfare, schools, home visiting) for preventing and mitigating the negative impacts of trauma and promoting resilience. We also translate research into practical guidance for practitioners and policymakers on promoting positive outcomes for children and families affected by trauma, including child, family, and staff mental health and wellness. Our work on childhood trauma includes quantitative and qualitative research, training and technical assistance, program evaluation, policy analysis, and dissemination of current knowledge and innovations in the field.
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