How common is childhood trauma?

Childhood trauma is more common than many would imagine. According to SAMHSA's National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative survey, more than two-thirds of children reported one or more traumatic events by age 16. The survey further revealed that every year, the number of young adults needing medical care for physical assault-related injuries would fill each seat in nine stadiums.

Even more alarming, about one-third of youths ages 12 to 17 have experienced two or more childhood traumas that may impact their mental and physical health as adults. Child trauma survivors may experience long-term health issues, increased involvement with juvenile justice and child welfare systems, and learning problems low grades, suspensions, etc.

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