Childhood Trauma: It doesn’t end there

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Childhood trauma can have various effects on an individual’s life, far past the span of childhood. This project will explore the effects of childhood traumatic experiences on four aspects of life: physical, emotional, social, and academic. The framework of this project is based upon the work of Abraham Maslow, addressing how a child can be affected if their needs are not met. Maslow stated that there is a hierarchy of needs, and higher levels of needs cannot be met until the basal levels are met. As traumatic experiences can impact the status of needs being met, this is an important concept to consider in this analysis because academic performance is at a higher level of need. It is important for educators and other professionals to know what is going on within students so that they are able to best serve them. To take a deeper look into how children are affected by trauma, this study will use path models and regression trees to explore how each aspect of life is impacted by traumatic experiences. The data utilized for this project come from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health. Additionally, this study will investigate the altered results that occur in these models when a mentor figure is present in a student’s life. The results of these analyses will indicate steps that educators can take to intervene and alter the effects of traumatic experiences among children.


Presented at the Eighth Annual Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association in Rochester, New York, April 27, 2019.

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