Osofsky Co-Edits Important Two-Volume Handbook on Childhood Trauma

Leslie Capo – Director of Information Services 

Joy D. Osofsky, PhD, Paul J. Ramsay Chair and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, is the co-editor of a new two-volume handbook being called a must-read for families, those who work with children, and policymakers. “Violence and Trauma in the Lives of Children,” Praeger Publishers, ABC-CLIO, 2018, edited by Joy D. Osofsky and Betsy McAlister Groves, details the implications of the types of traumas that occur at the individual, family, community, and national levels on children, as well as strategies to build resilience.  Children are rarely at the forefront of people’s minds when violence occurs, whether it be on the streets of cities, in rural communities, or in homes. The volumes explore the significant influence the increasing exposure to violence and trauma has on children’s development, longer-term impacts over time, as well as how to best respond to improve their lives. 

The handbooks explain the neurological, emotional, and behavioral impacts of violence and trauma experienced by newborns, infants, children, and teenagers. They detail the effects of a range of types of violence and trauma, including child abuse, sexual abuse, family violence, teen dating violence, loss of parent or caregiver, exposure to natural disasters, and more. The editors share mental health interventions and treatment strategies to encourage resilience and posttraumatic growth. 

The editors stress that it is very important to raise awareness about the impact of violence and trauma on children including interventions and treatment strategies that are helpful.  Many people avoid talking about violence with children thinking that if it is not talked about or discussed in front of or with children, it will “go away.” Others talk openly about the violence or traumatic events ignoring children who are hearing their discussions, believing that the children won’t be listening and, that if they hear, they won’t pay attention or understand what is being said. 

The handbooks are being lauded by pediatricians, psychiatrists, child stress professionals and judges evidenced by the following reviews on Amazon.com. 

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