Over the years, research has shown that about 68 percent of adolescents have experienced at least one potentially traumatizing event by the time they’re 16 years old. Out of those teens, about 1 in 5 will have problems such as school issues and emotional difficulties. The risk is especially high for trauma in young women.
It’s obvious that the risk of trauma effects isn’t low. A recent study discovered new information about a risk factor for trauma effects: ancestors.
Trauma can affect generations of women
In the study, researchers used 47,000 Finnish children that had been evacuated to Sweden during WWII–a significant trauma in anyone’s life. Then, from 1950 to 2010, they tracked the health of their offspring, which came to a total of 93,000 people.
The results showed that “the daughters of women exposed to childhood trauma are at increased risk for serious psychiatric disorders.” The increased risk resulted in those individuals being twice as likely to be hospitalized for mental health issues and four times as likely to develop a mood disorder (ex. depression).
Possibly the most shocking part was the disparity between the genders. Male participants showed no increased risk. Researchers think this may be connected to why trauma in young women has been shown to be more prevalent.
Lead author, Torsten Santavirta, explained what this research means for the future:
“The most important takeaway is that childhood trauma can be passed on to offspring and the wrinkle here is that these associations are sex-specific.”
Recognizing red flags of trauma in young women
Early identification and intervention play an essential role in treatment. Knowing the warning signs of trauma in young women can give your daughter the best chance to move forward.
Common symptoms of trauma may include:
- Distancing from family and friends
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Lack of interest in school, friends, family, etc.
- Overreacting to minor irritations
- Difficulties in concentration, short-term memory, and problem-solving
- Reckless or dangerous behavior
- Substance abuse
If you believe your daughter is struggling, it’s critical to seek out a professional for further guidance.
Journey Home East is here for your daughter
Journey Home East is a transitional program exclusively for young women between the ages of 16-21. Our program was specifically designed to help those who need ongoing support after successfully completing an intensive treatment program such as a residential treatment center. We offer this inviting home setting for any young adult who needs a “soft landing” from a residential treatment center or other types of treatment programs.
Journey Home East is a six month to twelve month program which is designed to assist residents in making a healthy transition from a highly structured treatment program environment into a more real world setting. Our goal is to help our students grow into mature, responsible, accountable, and successful young adults who can apply the lessons and principles that they have learned to the real world.
For more information about how we deal with trauma in young women at Journey Home East, call us today at 828-484-9946.