The biological effects of childhood trauma.


Journal Article (Review)

Trauma in childhood is a psychosocial, medical, and public policy problem with serious consequences for its victims and for society. Chronic interpersonal violence in children is common worldwide. Developmental traumatology, the systemic investigation of the psychiatric and psychobiological effects of chronic overwhelming stress on the developing child, provides a framework and principles when empirically examining the neurobiological effects of pediatric trauma. This article focuses on peer-reviewed literature on the neurobiological sequelae of childhood trauma in children and in adults with histories of childhood trauma.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • De Bellis, MD; Zisk, A

Published Date

  • April 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 185 - vii

PubMed ID

  • 24656576

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24656576

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-0490

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.chc.2014.01.002


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States