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Conceptualizing trauma for children of drug addicted mothers: a developmental mapping


Lombard, S and F, J and Pullen, D and Swabey, K, Conceptualizing trauma for children of drug addicted mothers: a developmental mapping, Journal of Trauma & Treatment, 6, (1) Article 1000352. ISSN 2167-1222 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright: 2017 Lombard S, et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.4172/2167-1222.1000352


Children of drug addicted mothers are exposed to highly stressful experiences and experience high levels of psychological and emotional distress, alongside psychiatric nosology with multiple comorbid symptoms. The following study extends the work of Lombard, et al. classify the consequences of prolonged or ongoing trauma of children of addicted mothers using lifespan domains. Children of addicted mothers are often exposed to severe and ongoing events of trauma, or environments that are not conducive to adequate development, resulting in a complex array of comorbid and compounding physical and psychological problems. Results showed that the prevalence of trauma experienced by children were categorized as being from social and physical domains, with the emotional domain (reported neglect=26) also being high. These experiences resulted predominantly in behavioral problems and emotional problems. The most salient problems included a child who reported hearing the devil speak to them in an ongoing manner, two children reporting attempted homicides on siblings, and three children reporting hurting animals. Further research in capturing and detailing the extent of the trauma experienced and the resulting lifespan domain problems is necessary.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:childhood trauma, drug addicted mothers, lifespan domains
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Community child health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Lombard, S (Ms Samantha Lombard)
UTAS Author:F, J (Dr J F)
UTAS Author:Pullen, D (Dr Darren Pullen)
UTAS Author:Swabey, K (Professor Karen Swabey)
ID Code:114120
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-02-07
Last Modified:2018-05-31
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