Trauma and Kids…a look at the numbers

PTSDWelcome to the third installment of our Fall 2013 blog series: Trauma and Kids…A Primer for Pastors, Church Staff and Parents. Today, we’ll look at the statistics pertaining to the  prevalence of trauma in children. 

The National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence was a Federally-funded survey of 4,549 children between the ages of 0-17, conducted during 2008. Here are some of the key findings…

  • 60.6% of the children and youth in a nationally representative sample had experienced at least one direct or witnessed victimization in the previous year.
  • 46.3% had experienced a physical assault in the study year
  • 10.2% had experienced a form of child maltreatment
  • 6.1% had experienced a sexual victimization
  • 25.3% had been a witness to violence or experienced another form of indirect victimization in the year
  • 9.8% who had witnessed an intrafamily assault
  • 10.2% had experienced a victimization-related injury
  • 38.7% had been exposed to two or more direct victimizations, 10.9% had five or more and 2.4% had ten or more direct victimizations during the study year

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PTSD 2The National Institute of Mental Health has produced an excellent booklet on the topic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children and adults. The book includes a discussion of the symptoms of PTSD, reviews the use of psychotherapy and medication for the condition, and provides practical advice on where to find help and how to help others who may be suffering from PTSD. Download the book here.

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, www.church4everychild.org was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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