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Assessment of Trauma in Youths
Understanding issues of age, complexity, and associated variables

Edited By

Kathleen Nader

ISBN 9780415634816
Published August 15, 2013 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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  Introduction  6. The Assessment of Associated Features Important to Understanding Childhood Trauma  Child 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

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Dr. Kathleen Nader is a national and international consultant/trainer who has provided specialized interventions following shootings, bombings, disasters, and war or terrorism. She has written and co-authored publications, assessment scales, and videotapes regarding youth trauma, treatment, and school interventions. Previous publications include Honoring Differences: Cultural Issues in the Treatment of Trauma and Loss (1999), Understanding and Assessing Trauma in Children and Adolescents (2008), and School Rampage Shootings and Other Youth Problems (2012).