Trauma, Psychiatric, Substance Use, and Thought Disorders Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System and How to Deal with Them.
Huskey, Bobbie L. Tomczak, Paula.
Published: Summer 2013
Juvenile and Family Court Journal
Vol. 64, No. 3 , p. 29-40
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
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The personal stories that youth in juvenile facilities report to their counselors are heartbreaking because they are filled with accounts of excessive trauma resulting from neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional violence perpetrated on these children. Perry found that trauma develops from severe neglect, abuse, and living in terrorizing environments. Trauma changes the neural processing ability within the child's developing brain which can lead to hypervigilance and dysfunctional behavior. Widom found that children who had been abused or neglected as children have 30% higher arrests as a juvenile and as an adult for a violent offense. (Author abstract)
Crossover youth; Childhood trauma; Abused children; Neglected children; Brain development; Psychological development; Trauma; Child witnesses of family violence; Substance abuse