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INTRODUCTION

Traumatic experiences can upend kids’ lives, but trauma doesn’t have to be a life sentence.


In the 2022 Children’s Mental Health Report, we look at the effects of psychological trauma on kids and the most promising ways to treat it. We explore several key questions, including:

  • What are the most common definitions of trauma?
  • How can trauma affect children and teenagers?
  • What is the evidence base for treatments aimed at mitigating the impacts of trauma?

And in a special supplement, we report the results of a national survey of parents’ perspectives on trauma and how it has affected their own children and families.

Download the full report, a short summary, and the supplement on parent perspectives.

 


Sponsoring Partner

The Child Mind Institute and Blue Shield of California are collaborating to share the latest research on youth mental health as part of Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky initiative. Blue Shield of California is an independent member of the Blue Shield Association.


Parent Perspectives on Trauma

Trauma means something different for everyone who experiences it. That’s why we initiated a new Child Mind Institute survey with data collection by Ipsos that complements the available research on treatment and provides more personal insights into the ways that trauma affects the lived experiences of American families. We asked parents how their children have fared during the pandemic, how trauma has impacted their families, and whether they have been able to get support when they need it.
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50%+

More than half of parents reported that either they, or both they and their children, have experienced a traumatic event.

20%

About 20% of parents surveyed said that their child had experienced the death of a family member during the coronavirus pandemic.

4 in 10

Four in ten parents reported negative changes in their child’s mood over the course of the pandemic.

“His anxiety increased dramatically to the point that he wouldn’t even leave the house without me. He dropped out of school his senior year. He became very withdrawn.”

– Mother of two in Michigan, when asked to describe the challenges her children faced during the pandemic

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Download the Report and Supplements

The Child Mind Institute and Blue Shield of California are collaborating to share the latest research on youth mental health as part of Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky initiative. Blue Shield of California is an independent member of the Blue Shield Association.

Download Report

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