How Trauma Affects a Child’s Brain
May 25, 2012 By Ruth Buczynski
We all know that trauma impacts us emotionally, but does it also affect our intelligence?A new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests that children who witness their mothers being the victim of abuse, or experience physical or sexual abuse themselves, actually score lower on cognitive tests later in life. Childhood is such an important time. Trauma in childhood can have lifelong consequences because children’s brains are developing. We created a video to show you 4 ways that childhood trauma affects the brain − it’s only 4 minutes long.