Trauma and development

IB Psychology: Trauma and development

The effect of abuse, neglect or trauma on the development of a child is a very important but difficult topic to study. Psychologists study the effects of what are called Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) - that is, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence and a substance-abusing parent. Research indicates that the effects of abuse depend on the child’s age and gender, as well as the duration...


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