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Types of Trauma (Cont'd)

Chronic trauma occurs when children experience multiple traumatic events.

These events may be varied in circumstances. For example a child may suffer ongoing sexual abuse, be a victim of physical assault at school, and then be involved in a car accident each contributing to chronic trauma.

Chronic trauma can have a cumulative effect. Subsequent traumatic events remind the child of prior trauma and can trigger emotions and thoughts related to that prior trauma.