What is it about?
Therapeutic work with abused and neglected children takes time and it can look as if they deteriorate before showing improvement. This research suggests that children need time to come to terms with the things which have happened to them. This grieving process needs time.
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Why is it important?
Many people want quick fixes for things, but we need to invest in children's mental health. This is timely as helping traumatised children will enable them to have happier and more settled lives.
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This page is a summary of: The role of affect regulation in developmental trauma: an empirical study of children in residential care, Journal of Child Psychotherapy, February 2022, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/0075417x.2021.2015421.
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