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Populations at Risk

Some groups of children and families are disproportionately represented among those experiencing trauma. This means that they may be exposed to trauma at particularly high rates or be at increased risk for repeated victimization. For some populations, co-occurring issues and unique adversities can complicate recovery from trauma. Others may face significant challenges related to access to services or require services that are specially adapted for their needs.

Trauma and Substance Use

There is a strong connection between traumatic stress and substance abuse that has implications for children and families.

Economic Stress

Whether living in urban, suburban, or rural settings, individuals face the reality of economic downturns.


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth experience trauma at higher rates than their straight peers.