The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Baseline Demographic and Clinical Characteristics. Matthew D. Kliethermes Ph.D. 1 , Steven E. Bruce Ph.D. 1 , Stacey Haynes 1 , Ally Burr-Harris Ph.D. 1 ,
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Matthew D. Kliethermes Ph.D.1, Steven E. Bruce Ph.D.1, Stacey Haynes1, Ally Burr-Harris Ph.D.1,
and the principal investigators and program directors of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
1University of Missouri-St. Louis
Figure 1: Prevalence of Trauma Types in Youths
Objective: Established in 2001, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a collaborative of 70 research and treatment centers throughout the United States funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Its purpose is to improve the quality and availability of therapeutic services for youth exposed to trauma. A major goal of NCTSN has been to create a national data set consisting of information about services provided to youth at NCTSN centers.
Methods: Data were drawn from intakes of 2118 traumatized youth who received services at a NCTSN treatment center. Analyses were conducted to provide demographic and clinical characteristics of these children and adolescents
Results: Participants reported high levels of traumatic events, including sexual abuse (19.4%), physical abuse (23.2%), witnessing domestic violence (39.9%) and traumatic loss (44.4%). Results also indicated that various emotional and behavioral difficulties (e.g., symptoms of posttraumatic stress), were prevalent in the sample. For example, nearly one-third of participants met or exceeded the suggested cutoff scores on PTSD measures. Half of the sample also had reported emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Conclusion: Results indicated that domestic violence and traumatic loss appear to be among the most common reasons that participants presented for trauma-focused services. This study suggests that along with symptoms of posttraumatic stress, children exposed to trauma experience a broad range of emotional and behavioral difficulties, which are suggestive of compromised developmental status.
Table 1: UCLA PTSD Reaction Index
Table 2: TSCC-A Scales
Table 3: CBCL Measures
gender) on symptom presentation
Children Aged 1½ to 5
Children Aged 6 to 18
Figure 2: Current Legal Guardian
Table 4: Gender
N = 2118
Table 5: Ethnicity
Figure 3: Adult Type in the Home
Figure 4: Primary Residence
This study is supported by SAMHSA grant XXXX