Assessment of Trauma in Youths: Understanding issues of age, complexity, and associated variables is a collection of articles by well-known specialists in the field of childhood trauma. The articles describe developmental issues in addition to others that are important to the assessment of trauma-exposed youth, to the ongoing refinement of trauma-related diagnoses for children, and to understanding PTSD and more complicated reactions to trauma for young people.
The book explores trauma in very young to middle childhood aged children, trauma in adolescents, childhood complicated trauma, and childhood complicated grief. It considers PTSD and Reactive Attachment Disorder as well as discussing disorders that are under continued study such as Developmental Trauma Disorder, Prolonged Grief Disorder, and Traumatic Grief. In the second half of the book, chapters look at the associated features of childhood traumatic response such as genetics and personality, cortisol, poly-victimization, and guilt and shame. Variables such as cortisol reactivity and guilt/shame may influence or follow traumas in children.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.
Preface Part I. Understanding and Assessing Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Issues of Age and Complex Reactions Introduction 1. Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Issues Related to Age and Complex Reactions Developmental Issues 2. PTSD in Children Younger Than the Age of 13: Towards Developmentally Sensitive Assessment and Management 3. Clinical Considerations in Assessing Trauma and PTSD in Adolescents Complex Forms of Trauma-related Reactions 4. Assessing Child and Adolescent Complex Traumatic Stress Reactions 5. Complicated Grief Reactions in Children and Adolescents Part II. Understanding and Assessing Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Variables Associated with Childhood Traumatic Reactions Introduction6. The Assessment of Associated Features Important to Understanding Childhood TraumaChild Exposure and Developmental Variables 7. Attachment and Trauma in Early Childhood: A Review 8. Poly-victimization in Developmental Context 9. Genetic and Environmental Influences on Post-trauma Adjustment in Children and Adolescents: The Role of Personality Constructs Child Exposure and Response Variables 10. Understanding and Assessing Cortisol Levels in Children and Adolescents 11. Understanding and Assessing Traumatic Responses of Guilt, Shame, and Anger among Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults 12. Conclusions: Notes on DSM V and the Study that is Still Needed