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Trauma and Diversity: The Role of Health Care in Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Youth

Posted 1 June 2018 in StressPoints by Chris Sexton, PhD, MSW, and Briana Woods-Jaeger, PhD, MS

Toxic stress resulting from chronic exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including trauma exposure, parent mental health problems, and family dysfunction, can lead to numerous health, social, and behavioral problems throughout the lifespan (Anda et al., 2006).

Trauma and World Literature: Moral Injury in The Trojan Women

Posted 1 June 2018 in StressPoints by Scott Janssen

Written during the slaughter of the Peloponnesian War which engulfed the Greek world in the fifth century BCE, Euripides’ play The Trojan Women is one of the most unsparing pieces of anti-war literature ever written.

Student Perspectives: Workplace Violence and the Cyclical Hypothesis: The Role of Staff Mental Health in Violence Prevention

Posted 1 June 2018 in StressPoints by Josianne Lamothe

Workplace violence is a serious and unfortunately common problem in the healthcare and social services sector. Fifty percent of child protection workers report meeting with at least one hostile or intimidating parent each week (Littlechild et al., 2016) while a recent study found that some psychiatric nurses are the victim of an average 0.19 physical assaults by patients each week (Ridenour, et al., 2015).

Military Matters: Interpersonal Violence and Suicide Risk Among U.S. Army Soldiers

Posted 1 June 2018 in StressPoints by Oscar I. Gonzalez, PhD, James A. Naifeh, PhD, and Holly Herberman Mash, PhD

Suicidal behaviors among U.S. Army soldiers increased sharply during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Nock et al., 2013; Ursano, Kessler, et al., 2015) and remain a major public health concern.

LGBT Issues: Trans*forming Trauma Research

Posted 1 June 2018 in StressPoints by James Scholl, MA, and Hannah Cole

While many consider the transgender movement the next civil rights frontier, the politics and attitudes towards those who bridge the gender binary has not always been one of fear and discrimination.

Human Rights and Policy: Exploring the Need for Trauma-Informed Evaluations in Asylum-Seeking Processes

Posted 1 June 2018 in StressPoints by Sophie Brickman

News of trauma across the globe is highly prevalent in today’s mainstream media, with an intense focus on the worldwide refugee crisis. The UN Refugee Agency estimates that, as of 2016, there are approximately 22.5 million refugees that have been forcibly displaced from their homes.

Developmental Traumatology: A Practical Guide to Treating Trauma and Adversities in Youth – A Focus on Psychotropic Medications

Posted 1 June 2018 in StressPoints by Kara Lowen, MD, and Edwin Williamson, MD

Exposure to trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) continues to be a major problem worldwide. Previous data have suggested that one in eight children suffered from some form of maltreatment The lifetime costs of this maltreatment approximate $124 billion, attributable to health care, special education, child welfare, and criminal justice costs as well as lost productivity over the lifetime.

Biological Perspectives: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy: A Brief Review of the Psychopharmacology of this Breakthrough Therapy for PTSD

Posted 1 June 2018 in StressPoints by Tim Amoroso, BS

The technology allowing us to better understand the neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has grown exponentially over the last decade (Illes et al., 2010).
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