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HealthConnections: Trauma in Children and Youth

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Childhood trauma refers to a frightening, dangerous, threatening, or violent event that a child finds overwhelmingly distressing or emotionally painful and which often results in lasting physical, mental, and emotional effects. Childhood trauma includes experiencing a traumatic event and witnessing a traumatic event that threatens the life or physical security of a loved one; witnessing, rather than experiencing, a traumatic event can result in what is called secondary trauma.

More than 2/3 of children report at least one traumatic event by age 16.

Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing speaks with Robin Cogan, a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN) currently in her 21st year as a school nurse in the Camden City School District, New Jersey, and Dr. Allyson Neal, Assistant Dean in the University of Tennessee College of Nursing and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in child and adolescent mental and behavioral health.

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director, as well as host of monthly talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as a weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. From 2004 to 2015, she served as the station's local host for Morning Edition. In 2019, she returned to the station as the local host for All Things Considered.