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ERIC Number: ED535527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
Understanding Traumatic Stress in Children
Bassuk, Ellen L.; Konnath, Kristina; Volk, Katherine T.
National Center on Family Homelessness (NJ1)
The unexpected loss of a loved one, a car accident, or exposure to a violent experience is familiar to many. Everyone reacts to such events, but the responses vary widely, ranging from numbness and withdrawal, to crying, nervousness, and agitation. Because traumatic events are prevalent, cause profound suffering, and may lead to life altering responses, it is imperative that caregivers have the knowledge and understanding to respond skillfully and compassionately to children who have been exposed to traumatic stress. The National Center on Family Homelessness has compiled this booklet as a resource for caregivers working with children who have experienced traumatic stress. The booklet opens by defining trauma, then looks more closely at acute traumatic stress and complex trauma. For each aspect of trauma, the authors describe the most common developmental effects on children and ways for caregivers to respond to help children heal. To support caregivers, the authors highlight the importance of self-care and provide a list of resources. (Contains 4 online resources.)
National Center on Family Homelessness. 200 Reservoir Street Suite 200, Needham, MA 02494. Tel: 617-964-3834; Fax: 617-244-1758; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents; Counselors; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Center on Family Homelessness