What, exactly, causes trauma in children?
One of BPF’s partners, Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition, says that here is no finite list of events that can cause trauma. There is a consensus that an event that causes trauma is typically an isolated, extreme incident or a series of intense, but less extreme, incidents. For example, a child who is nearly killed in a car accident is certainly traumatized. However, the child growing up in an extremely violate neighborhood where a child repeatedly witnesses violence–even if he or she is not directly attacked–can be equally traumatizing. Physical or emotional neglect is a chronic traumatic situation that causes lasting effects. Trauma affects children in all sorts of situations and its one of the most important issues affecting children in our state today.

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