Evidence of Trauma, Psychiatric, Substance Use and Thought Disturbance Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System and How to Deal with Them

The personal stories that youth in juvenile facilities report to their counselors are heart breaking because they are filled with accounts of excessive trauma resulting from neglect, physical, sexual and emotional violence perpetrated on these children. Perry, B.D. (2006) found that trauma develops from severe neglect, abuse and living in terrorizing environments. It changes the neural processing ability within the child’s developing brain and leads to hyper vigilance and dysfunctional behavior.1 Widom, C. (2001) found that children who had been abused or neglected as children have 30 percent higher arrests as a juvenile and as an adult for a violent offense.