1st Edition

Handbook of Trauma, Traumatic Loss, and Adversity in Children
Development, Adversity’s Impacts, and Methods of Intervention

ISBN 9781138605206
Published November 6, 2019 by Routledge
646 Pages

USD $119.95

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Book Description

The Handbook of Trauma, Traumatic Loss, and Adversity in Children is a developmentally oriented book rich with findings related to child development, the impact of trauma on development and functioning, and interventions directed at treating reactions to trauma.

Aspects of attachment and parenting and the use of interrelationships toward therapeutic ends are included in each age-related section of the book, ranging from 0 to 18+. Consolidating research from a range of disciplines including neurobiology, psychopathology, and trauma studies, chapters offer guidance on the potentially cascading effects of trauma, and outline strategies for assisting parents and teachers as well as children. Readers will also find appendices with further resources for download on the book’s website.

Grounded in interdisciplinary research, the Handbook of Trauma, Traumatic Loss, and Adversity in Children is an important resource for mental health researchers and professionals working with children, adolescents, and families during the ongoing process of healing from traumatic exposure.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction 1. Child Developmental Domains That May Be Influenced by Trauma or Other Adversity 2. Effects of Trauma and Adversity on Developmental Domains 3. Cascading and Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma 4. Recognizing Risk and Protective Factors: Child-, Environment-, and Posttrauma Aftermath-Related Variables Part II: Ages 03 5. Development of Infants and Toddlers 6. Trauma and Adversity’s Influence on Infants and Toddlers 7. Treatment Methods for Infants and Toddlers: Ages 0–3 Part III: Ages 36 8. Development in Preschool and Early School-Age Children 9. The Impact of Trauma and Adversity: Ages 3–6 10. Treatment Methods for Children Ages 3–6 Part IV: Ages 612 11. Development in Children Ages 6–12 12. Trauma’s Impact on Life and Developmental Domains: Ages 6–12 13. Interventions for Children Ages 6–12 Part V: Ages 1318+ 14. Development in Youth Ages 13–17 15. Adolescent Disorders and Adversity’s Impact on Outcomes 16. Interventions for Youth Ages 13–17 or Older Part VI: Issues for Working with, Teaching, or Living with Youth Exposed to Adversity 17. Assisting Youth Recovery After Trauma or Adversity Glossary References Subject Index Author Index

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Kathleen Nader, DSW, is the former codirector of the UCLA Trauma, Violence, and Sudden Bereavement Program and an internationally recognized expert, consultant, and clinician working with childhood trauma. Among her publications are Understanding and Assessing Trauma in Children and Adolescents and Assessment of Trauma in Youths.


"By examining child development and the impact of trauma exposure in detail in specific developmental epochs, the Handbook of Trauma, Traumatic Loss, and Adversity in Children provides both clinicians and researchers with a uniquely developmentally sensitive, resilience-based, and trauma-focused basis on which to develop and conduct psychotherapy with children who have severe self-regulatory and relational difficulties. It will be an invaluable resource in my practice and research for years to come."Julian D. Ford, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychiatry and law, director of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice

"In this handbook Dr. Nader brilliantly details the developmental impact of trauma during childhood. The structure of the book provides an easy way to learn how trauma affects child development and the potential long-term impact of trauma. The healing role of parents and teachers as well as the resilience of children is highlighted, and the often cascading adversities after trauma are discussed. Having treatment methods for each developmental period offers great hope for helping children who have experienced traumatic events."Alison Salloum, PhD, LCSW, professor, School of Social Work, University of South Florida

"This comprehensive volume brings a welcome developmental approach to understanding trauma in children—from its far-reaching effects to individualized treatment. This is essential reading for practitioners and policy makers concerned about the effects of early adverse experiences on children."Charles H. Zeanah, MD, Mary Peters Sellars Polchow Chair in Psychiatry, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, and vice chair for child and adolescent psychiatry at the Tulane University Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

"As an adoptive parent as well as a certified babysitter for foster children, I found the information Dr. Nader shares about the factors contributing to childhood trauma and approaches that may best serve these children to be insightful. The breadth of research that Dr. Nader covers over a broad range of ages and trauma conditions is truly staggering. This body of work will prove valuable for those working with children suffering from trauma."Fiona McInally, transactional attorney