Complex Trauma Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: Impact and Implications
This article identifies the struggle that is recurring in the juvenile justice world and likely in communities and their schools. Youth are labeled behavior management problems when their issues are based on experienced trauma and PTSD symptoms. The impact on the human brain for a developing child, in the case of trauma, leads to the under and over production of hormones, the inability to regulate emotions, and hyperactivity in terms of awareness. The brain is impacted at crucial stages of development.
In the article “The Demise of PTSD: From Governing Through Trauma to Governing Resilience:” Howell contends that terminology changes to alter society’s perception. Currently the Canadians use Operational Stress Injuries, the British say Combat Stress Injuries, and in America; Psychological Injuries. In the case of child abuse victims the issue appears to be one of managing difficult behavior and there is a level of unrest pertaining to the overuse of medication. Are we avoiding discussing the horrors of war and the minimal resources provided to soldiers? Do we also enter into a discussion about generational trauma to minorities?