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How a Child Responds to Stress and Trauma (Cont'd)

Several things factor into the effect of a traumatic event for a child and should be considered when assessing that child's trauma history, for instance:

    • The age and developmental level of the child
    • How the child perceived the danger
    • The role the child played in the event (victim or witness)
    • Previous trauma the child has experienced
    • Protective capacities of adults involved in the child's life