Research Paper Title
Repairing the effects of childhood trauma: The long and winding road.
- What is known on this subject:
- Domestic and family violence contributes to mental distress and the development of mental illness and can reverberate throughout a person’s life.
- What this paper adds to existing knowledge.
- Therapeutic work with people who experience domestic and family violence needs to take considerable time to allow the process to unfold.
- Understanding the triggers that cause past traumas to be re-experienced helps people to recognise and change their conditioned emotional responses.
- What are the implications for practice?
- Time needs to be invested to develop a secure and trusting relationship to enable a person to work through childhood experiences that have the potential to overwhelm.
- It is important for adults who have experienced childhood trauma to have an opportunity to process the abuse to help minimise its intrusion in their lives.
Palmer, C., Williams, Y. & Harrington, A. (2019) Repairing the effects of childhood trauma: The long and winding road. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12581. [Epub ahead of print].