t caregivers -- CPP helps them break their own generations-long cycles of maltreatment. By helping parent and child build a new shared experience of love and trust, CPP helps develop the child’s core sense of security and self-worth, and the mother’s competence and confidence in her ability to meet her child’s needs.
Young children experience normal anxieties about danger and normal fears of losing the protection and love of their parents, but traumatic events can shatter the child’s sense of safety and well-being, setting the stage for behavioral problems in childhood and sometimes for mental illness as adults, Lieberman says. This can occur even when the child himself is not directly harmed.
Other speakers at the AAAS session discussed the effects of fears generated by news coverage of danger and by children’s experience of large-scale catastrophes.
Trauma is an everyday experience, hardship is the everyday norm, and danger persists in the past and the present for most of the 400 infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents who are served each year by the UCSF Child Trauma Research Project, in the CTRP clinic and in a variety of community settings.
“While we serve all types of families, the majority are minorities, underserved, with low incomes – those with the most life stresses and the fewest resources. One has to understand the ecology of these families' lives in order to treat them effectively,” says Lieberman.
Most of the parents are mothers, often living in violent relationships or fleeing domestic violence. While they are referred to the CTRP clinic because of the infant’s or child’s behavioral or developmental problems, most mothers also have life histories of trauma and abuse.
“Trauma has a very disruptive effect in people’s lives, leading them to be aggressive, to be depressed, to not feel effective in coping with the stresses of daily life, including the stresses of raisinPage: 1 2 3 4 Related medicine news :1
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