Connection between Childhood Trauma and Adolescent Offenses

By Matt Bulkley | Blog Education Series

STAR Guides Wilderness - Connection between Childhood Trauma and Adolescent Offenses

Experts believe that girls who have suffered through traumatic events as children can have long term detrimental effects of that trauma. These traumatic experiences can lead to different psychological disorders and can often lead girls down a dark path.

The negative impact of childhood abuse can lead to delinquent behavior, including criminal acts and risky sexual behavior. STAR Guides Wilderness, Utah trauma recovery and sex addiction center, offers a specific therapy program for adolescent girls experiencing the adverse effects of childhood trauma. With the help of such a program, girls can heal from the trauma and start life anew and leave the past behind.

Effects of Childhood Trauma in Adolescent Girls

PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is commonly found in soldiers returning from war. The severity of the condition can be gleaned from the fact that battle hardened, specially trained soldiers can be affected by it. Research shows that adolescent girls, who have experienced a traumatic event or repeated trauma, can suffer from this debilitating mental disorder.

RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOR

As a result of childhood abuse, a teenager’s self esteem can be shattered. Because of this and several other reasons, they can take part in sexual activities that put them in the way of physical harm. The numbers regarding teens and risky sexual behavior are already shocking enough, and when a traumatic experience is added to mix, the results can be disastrous.

VIOLENT CRIMES

Some teenagers can act out because of frustration and stress caused by the memories of the traumatic behavior. These actions can sometimes be violent or criminal acts. Girls in such situations can not only harm themselves, but they can also put the people around them in danger.

ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

Girls that have gone through the ordeal of repeated abuse as a child can often retreat into their shell and exhibit anti-social behavior. This prevents them from experiencing life like other teenagers of the same age. They choose not to take part in the normal day to day activities and the isolation can get worst over time.

The information above can show the extreme long-term effects a childhood trauma can have on a girl’s life. And also, it shows that there is a clear connection between the trauma and adverse behavior of such girls in later stages of life. With the help of STAR Guides Wilderness therapy trauma and sex addiction recovery program in Utah, such youths can find their way back towards a normal and healthy life.

Company Introduction

STAR Guides is a first of its kind addiction therapy center. It offers uniquely designed wilderness therapy for adolescents struggling with sexual behavior issues. STAR Guides provides navigation for the whole family of people faced with the challenge of disruptive sexual behaviors. Sexual compulsivity, pornography, cyber-sex addiction and sexual offences are some of the issues that are treated in this program.

For more information, please visit https://starguideswilderness.com/

About the Author

Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.

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