The short-term impacts of this trauma
Milestone One: Outline of Case Analysis – Needs
A. Assess the impact of physical trauma on the children and family.
i. What are the short-term impacts of this trauma? The short-term impacts of physical trauma include the natural response of the body to trauma whereby a child experiences an increase of the heart rate, stress hormones, and blood pressure (Evers et al., 2016). Additionally, a child may suffer various changes in behavior which include the feelings of sadness and anger, the loss of interest in most of the activities that the child typically enjoys, and the experience of new fears and nightmares.
ii. What are the long-term impacts of this trauma? children can also result in negative long-term concerns that can result in medical and psychological deficiencies. Physical trauma can bring about neurobiological changes in a person that can cause changes in the brain functioning which are responsible for physical and cognitive functioning (Dye, 2018).
iii. How do the impacts differ? These impacts differ from each other as the short-term impacts affect the child only for a period after which he or she returns to the normal self. Alternatively, the long-term impacts have significant effects on the brain development and physical functioning of a child.
iv. How are they similar? They have some similarities that are linked to them. Both the short-term and long-term impacts can affect the overall performance of a child and make it difficult for them to build meaningful relationships.
B. Discuss the needs that are present due to the physical trauma on the children and family.
i. How are these needs trauma-related? Children need to communicate their experience with family or people close to them and spend time with other people in their life. These needs are trauma-related as they help the affected children to avoid being withdrawn from others (Evers et al., 2016). Also, these needs are vital in helping the persons to know that they are not alone in such situations as other people support them.
ii. How are the needs different for short- and long-term trauma? These needs, however, are different for short and long-term trauma as the short-term trauma needs are there to help children get through the experience while long-term needs serve to help their psychological development.
iii. How are they similar? They are similar though as they all serve to offer psychological help and treatment to the affected individuals. Additionally, all these needs strive to help the children affected by physical trauma to return to the baseline functioning from the psychological problems caused by their exposure.
C. Assess the impact of psychological trauma on the children and family.
i. What are the short-term impacts of this trauma? The short-term effects of psychological trauma include physical symptoms like stomach aches and headaches. Another effect is preoccupation which results from the need to forget about the experience.
ii. What are the long-term impacts of this trauma? The long-term impacts include continued obsession with the event that affects the normal routine of the individual. Additionally, aggressive behavior and emotional outbursts are also part of the long-term impacts of psychological trauma on children.
iii. How do the impacts differ? These impacts are different as the short-term ones can be managed at home without professional help while for the long-term ones, it is vital to contact a professional.
How are they similar? They are however similar as they both give ways for the children and their families to cope with the emotional effect brought about by a traumatic event.
D. Discuss the needs that are present due to the psychological trauma on the children and family.
i. How are these needs trauma-related? The needs present because of the psychological trauma on children are trauma-related as they help restore emotional stability after an event that is psychologically traumatic. The needs help the individuals to better understand life and know that they cannot control anything that happens to them.
ii. How are the needs different for short- and long-term trauma? The ones of short-term trauma are different from those of long-term trauma as for short-term can be managed without the help of a professional but with proper guidance to restore emotional stability. However, the needs for long-term trauma call for the help of a professional to help both parents and children to cope with the emotional impact of the event.
iii. How are they similar? They are similar though as they all affect the overall performance of a child. Also, all the impacts create emotional issues on an individual.
E. Discuss the risk and resiliency factors for the children and family.
i. What factors are present? The risk and resiliency factors include inadequate insulation and other factors such as an unstable environment, and lack of enough parental care. The inability to rely upon other people for protection puts someone more at risk of encountering trauma. Additionally, some personal abilities can make someone resilient and can help in the recovery from a traumatic experience (Holliday et al., 2014).
ii. How do these relate to the specific issue in the case? These factors relate to the case by showing that trauma can be prevented from other factors such as personal abilities. Such factors can also help families to understand better ways of protecting their children from trauma.
iii. How do these relate to the ages of the clients? These factors relate to the clients’ ages as an unstable environment, and lack of sufficient parental care negatively affects children. Besides, with the inadequacy of these factors, there is an increased chance of a child to be affected by traumatic experiences.
Dye, H. (2018). The impact and long-term effects of childhood trauma, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 28(3).
Evers, S., Brug, M., Wesel, F., & Krabbendam, L. (2016). Mending the Levee: How Supernaturally Anchored Conceptions of the Person Impact on Trauma Perception and Healing among Children (Cases from Madagascar and Nepal). Children & Society, 30(6), 423–433.
Holliday, R., Clem, M., Woon, F., & Suris, A. (2014). Developmental Psychological Trauma, Stress, and Revictimization: A Review of Risk and Resilience Factors, Austin Journal Psychiatry Behavior Science, 1(6).