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Childhood trauma has been shown to have a lasting impact on mental and physical health in adulthood. Children exhibit signs of trauma, through delinquent behavior and forms of acting out. Parents of traumatized children who engage in education about trauma may see improvements in their child’s behavior. Early identification of trauma and appropriate intervention can positively impact a child’s future. An education program offered to parents of traumatized youth can improve the child’s quality of life in the future. Without treatment, traumatized children may continue on a life-long path of delinquent behavior. This proposal examines the adverse childhood experiences that high-risk youth may experience and education for the parents and caregivers of those children. After identifying high-risk youth, parents and caregivers will be guided by an educational program focused on trauma informed care. The literature review suggests that by providing trauma informed care for high risk youth, outcomes are improved as evidenced by a reduced risk to their mental and physical health later in life. Future implications include implementing practices on a wider scale to improve outcomes for more high-risk youth and their families.



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