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Childhood and Trauma: Separation, Abuse, War by Elisabeth Ullmann, Werner Hilweg

By Elisabeth Ullmann, Werner Hilweg

What's trauma? Which demanding occasions are teenagers uncovered to? What reactions do irritating stories in the course of youth evoke? How can the affected teenagers be helped? Who is helping the care giver? What roles does the UN conference on Rights of the kid play within the defense of kids? This publication makes an attempt to reply to those questions and takes a vast method of the topic of youth and trauma. The textual content examines intimately "separation, sexual abuse and war", all of that are really traumatizing to youngsters, and the way they care for it in numerous cultures. One bankruptcy offers completely with the way to aid expert care givers who stay and paintings with affected young children. one other objective of the ebook is to take advantage of useful reports of SOS villages to demonstrate the probabilities and boundaries care and remedy for traumatized young ones. The ebook contains a complete of 17 articles supplied by way of authors from 8 diverse international locations and pursues either a realistic and theoretical method of the subjects pointed out.

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If vocational training or specialized schooling necessitate a move to a different town, young people can move to an SOS Youth Facility. This is the first step toward achieving self-sufficiency. There are SOS Youth Houses, Youth Communities and Youth Villages available for SOS youths. The overall goal of the SOS Youth Facilities is to serve the needs of the youngsters on their path toward a life of self-sufficiency and to help them make and implement realistic plans for their future. Young people are able to further develop their sense of responsibility and decision-making skills.

The most important reservation from the psychoanalytical perspective centers on the developmental-psychological role of the symptoms. The appearance of symptoms is not necessarily equivalent to an a priori limitation of developmental opportunities. When life relationships break down, as in the case of a divorce, there must be reactions, insofar as the child has a good and stable attachment relationship4 with both parents. Contrarily, a lack of emotional response could cause concern that attachment relationships were disturbed already before the divorce.

The procedure, however, is essentially the same: the child is asked to draw a detailed picture (drawing, painting) about what happened, including his or her thoughts, feelings and the worst recollection of the event. The adult can ask questions and make comments, provide the child with support and encouragement, act in a normalizing fashion, give the child information, and clarify misunderstandings. Questions intending to prompt the child to draw his or her experiences could be, for example: “Could you show me how it was when ...

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