Child and youth emotional trauma: an explanatory model of adverse outcomes

McDermott, Brett M. (2004) Child and youth emotional trauma: an explanatory model of adverse outcomes. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 11 (2). pp. 269-279.

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Many child and youth clients of legal and mental health professionals have experienced emotional trauma. Indeed, a recent, salient traumatic event often precipitates the initial consultation. In understanding the client's presentation, an emphasis on the effects of the traumatic event may be simplistic, given many individuals have experienced psychosocial adversity for many years and across a range of domains. This article describes a developmental model that summarises and integrates development from infancy to adolescence. Incorporating a review of the trauma literature, the model is applied to the complex field of emotional trauma outcomes. The discussion includes the useful nosology of Type I versus Type II trauma. The developmental model assists in understanding the breadth of possible adverse outcomes in the context of individual resilience and vulnerability factors, and systemic issues such as the role of parenting, enduring biological factors, family and community resources and wider social issues.

Item ID: 46176
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1934-1687
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This article is based on an invited lecture by the author at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, held in Fremantle in 2003.

Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 00:18
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 20%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy) @ 80%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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