Child traumatic stress occurs when children and adolescents are exposed to traumatic events or traumatic situations that overwhelm their ability to cope. Early childhood trauma generally refers to the traumatic experiences that occur to children aged 0-6. Because infants' and young children's reactions may be different from older children's, and because they may not be able to verbalize their reactions to threatening or dangerous events, many people assume that young age protects children from the impact of traumatic experiences. These traumas can be the result of intentional violence—such as child physical or sexual abuse, or domestic violence—or the result of natural disaster, accidents, or war. Young children also may experience traumatic stress in response to painful medical procedures or the sudden loss of a parent/caregiver.
Related Journals of Childhood Trauma
Trauma & Treatment, Journal of Pain & Relief, Brain Disorders & Therapy, Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy, Child Neuropsychology, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Abuse Review, Child Maltreatment, Psychology Press, Journal of Comparative Psychology