Addressing trauma and building resilience in children: Science and practice

Angela Diaz, Rebecca Epstein, Bob Filbin, Amanda Sheffield Morris, Martin Teicher

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Chapter 7 delves into long-term adversity and trauma. Martin Teicher explains how childhood maltreatment affects the developing brain and what that means for resilience and recovery. Amanda Sheffield Morris describes a new model to mitigate the effects of trauma. Angela Diaz presents troubling data about the extent of sexual abuse among girls, while Rebecca Epstein argues for rethinking the ways in which girls-especially girls of color-are victimized by systems that should be on their side. The chapter closes with an example of using technology to confront trauma. Bob Filbin, co-founder of the Crisis Text Line, describes how texting can help users find a wellspring of resilience in moments of crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Resilience
Subtitle of host publicationEquitable Practices for an Uncertain Future
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780197559383
StatePublished - 22 Apr 2021


  • ACE
  • Adverse childhood experience
  • Childhood trauma
  • Community resilience
  • Crisis text line
  • Culture of health
  • Health equity
  • Resilience
  • Toxic stress
  • Trauma


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