Traumatic Life Events and School-Aged Children's Physical Health: One Exposure is Too Much

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308684
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Traumatic Life Events and School-Aged Children's Physical Health: One Exposure is Too Much
Author(s):
Lohan, Janet Anne; Blodgett, Christopher Jay
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Delta Chi At-Large
Author Details:
Janet Anne Lohan, PhD, RN, CPN, lohan@wsu.edu; Christopher Jay Blodgett, PhD
Abstract:

Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013

Exposure to trauma has a number of negative effects on young children because of their developmental immaturity and the limited neurological capability of the developing brain.  The purpose of this presentation is to report the results of an interprofessional collaborative incidence and prevalence study.  We asked 181 elementary school teachers from 14 schools in 4 Eastern Washington school districts to describe traumatic event exposure in the 2,101 children in their classrooms. We used a computerized questionnaire to collect data from the teachers, which examined their knowledge of trauma exposures their students had had as well as physical health problems they were aware of in their students.  Van der Kolk’s trauma theory formed the conceptual framework for the study.  Adverse events for this study were defined, and data collected about, parental divorce, parent intimate partner violence, Child Protective Services involvement, parental chronic physical or mental illness, parent in jail, and parent substance abuse.  The research question for this presentation was “what is the relationship between adverse events and physical health problems in school-aged children?” Results of the study showed that, while 55% of the study children were not exposed to any adverse events, nearly 24% of the sample children had been exposed to three or more events, and 7% of the children had been exposed to 5 or more. Our analysis showed that chronic health problems, speech and language problems, and obesity were all significantly linked with exposure to adverse events. More collaborative research including school nurses and speech/language pathologists is needed to explore the relationship between adverse events, physical health symptoms including obesity and chronic health conditions, as well as speech and language issues, in order for nurses and speech/language pathologists to develop and implement appropriate health interventions for traumatized children within school systems.
Keywords:
Adverse events; chronic health problems; children
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTraumatic Life Events and School-Aged Children's Physical Health: One Exposure is Too Muchen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLohan, Janet Anneen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBlodgett, Christopher Jayen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDelta Chi At-Largeen_GB
dc.author.detailsJanet Anne Lohan, PhD, RN, CPN, lohan@wsu.edu; Christopher Jay Blodgett, PhDen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308684-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013</p>Exposure to trauma has a number of negative effects on young children because of their developmental immaturity and the limited neurological capability of the developing brain.  The purpose of this presentation is to report the results of an interprofessional collaborative incidence and prevalence study.  We asked 181 elementary school teachers from 14 schools in 4 Eastern Washington school districts to describe traumatic event exposure in the 2,101 children in their classrooms. We used a computerized questionnaire to collect data from the teachers, which examined their knowledge of trauma exposures their students had had as well as physical health problems they were aware of in their students.  Van der Kolk’s trauma theory formed the conceptual framework for the study.  Adverse events for this study were defined, and data collected about, parental divorce, parent intimate partner violence, Child Protective Services involvement, parental chronic physical or mental illness, parent in jail, and parent substance abuse.  The research question for this presentation was “what is the relationship between adverse events and physical health problems in school-aged children?” Results of the study showed that, while 55% of the study children were not exposed to any adverse events, nearly 24% of the sample children had been exposed to three or more events, and 7% of the children had been exposed to 5 or more. Our analysis showed that chronic health problems, speech and language problems, and obesity were all significantly linked with exposure to adverse events. More collaborative research including school nurses and speech/language pathologists is needed to explore the relationship between adverse events, physical health symptoms including obesity and chronic health conditions, as well as speech and language issues, in order for nurses and speech/language pathologists to develop and implement appropriate health interventions for traumatized children within school systems.en_GB
dc.subjectAdverse eventsen_GB
dc.subjectchronic health problemsen_GB
dc.subjectchildrenen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:34:43Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:34:43Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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