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Schools may help break the cycle
March 20, 2009

Parental neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse — one in three children in the United States is exposed to these types of experiences, which collectively are known as complex trauma.

Complex traumatic exposure threatens children’s development by putting them at risk for academic, social and health problems, including criminal behavior, drug and alcohol abuse, and involvement in abusive relationships.

Every child victim is a potential future perpetrator, and breaking the cycle requires intervention. The mental health system offers support to some children, but many others fall through the cracks.

“With one in three kids affected, we can’t possibly have treatment … » More …