Polytraumatization and psychological symptoms in children and adolescents

 
 

Author(s)

Gustafsson, Per E., Doris Nilsson and Carl Goran Svedin
Title Polytraumatization and psychological symptoms in children and adolescents
Source European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, May 2009, Vol. 18, Issue 5, pp 274-283.
Date 2009
Document type Journal article
Coverage Sweden
Summary This study explores the association between exposure to traumatic events and psychological symptoms in children and young people. Data was obtained from two school samples in Sweden, of children aged 6 to 12 years and of adolescents aged 12 to 20 years. To measure the exposure to traumatic events the life incidence of traumatic events (LITE) instrument was used. For younger children the parent-report version of LITE was used, and for the adolescent sample, the self-report version. Psychological symptoms in children were measured using the strengths and difficulties questionnaire and adolescents completed the trauma symptom checklist for children. The study found that both polytraumatisation and the interpersonal quality of trauma were especially harmful aspects of trauma for both children and adolescents. The authors suggest that future studies are needed to confirm these results.
Keywords Polytraumatisation; trauma; interpersonal violence; children; adolescents
Topic

Children; Psychological effects and treatment