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 children’s well-being, as well as the effectiveness of interventions across service settings (e.g., mental health, early care and education, schools, home visiting), to ameliorate its negative effects or to prevent its occurrence in the first place. We also translate research into practical guidance for practitioners and policymakers on promoting positive outcomes for children and families affected by trauma. Our work on childhood trauma includes quantitative and qualitative research, program evaluation, policy analysis, technical assistance, and dissemination of current knowledge and innovations in the field.

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Evaluation of Trauma Systems Therapy

With funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Child Trends conducted a comprehensive five-year implementation and outcomes evaluation of Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) at KVC Kansas, a large child welfare and behavioral... More
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