There is a strong connection between traumatic stress and substance abuse that has implications for children and families.
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.
Whether living in urban, suburban, or rural settings, individuals face the reality of economic downturns.
Children of military and veteran families experience unique challenges related to military life and culture.
As many as 2.5 million youth per year experience homelessness.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth experience trauma at higher rates than their straight peers.