Epidemiology of Traumatic Experiences in Childhood

Benjamin E. Saunders, Zachary W. Adams

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Abstract

The epidemiology of traumatic experiences in childhood is a key context for research, clinical treatment, program management, and policy development. This article discusses the conceptual, methodological, and programmatic challenges in precisely answering even relatively simple questions concerning the basic prevalence and incidence of important trauma types among American youth. Findings from studies using nationally representative samples and directly interviewing youth about their trauma histories are reviewed, and lifetime prevalence rates for various types of traumatic experience presented. Clinical application of this information and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-184
Number of pages18
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Child maltreatment
  • Epidemiology
  • Polyvictimization
  • Traumatic events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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