Trauma Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: Critical Issues and New Directions
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, June 2007
Child traumatic stress occurs when children and adolescents are exposed to traumatic events or situations, and this exposure overwhelms their ability to cope with what they have experienced. For youth involved with the juvenile justice system, the prevalence of youth exposed to trauma is believed to be higher. This article explores that.
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