Childhood Trauma

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Children exposed to traumatic or stressful events can experience psychological problems that have long-lasting effects. RAND research on childhood trauma — such as family conflicts, natural disasters, sexual assault, the death of a family member, school violence and bullying, and the trauma faced by immigrant children — examines the impact of such events on an individual's life course.

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    Research Brief

    Helping Kids and Families Cope with Violence

    Mar 30, 2017

    Kids who have been exposed to violence are more likely to develop mental health problems and engage in risky behaviors. The need for interventions to help them is clear, but evidence about what works is still emerging. What can be learned from studying Safe Start Promising Approaches?

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    Helping Children Cope with Trauma: A School-Based Intervention

    Dec 20, 2013

    Exposure to violent events or other trauma can inflict lasting emotional damage on children. Yet a high percentage of children affected by trauma never receive treatment.

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