Complex Trauma: Facts for Caregivers, NCTSN

Complex trauma describes children’s exposure to multiple traumatic events and the long-term impact of that exposure. These traumatic events usually begin in early life and might disrupt the child’s development and interfere with the child’s ability to form secure attachment bonds.

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This fact sheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network helps parents and caregivers recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma and offers recommendations on how to help children heal.