Childhood adversity and trauma: experiences of professionals trained to routinely enquire about childhood adversity.

Pearce, Josie, Murray, Craig and Larkin, Warren (2019) Childhood adversity and trauma: experiences of professionals trained to routinely enquire about childhood adversity. Heliyon, 5 (7). e01900. ISSN 2405-8440

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Research indicates that adverse childhood experiences play a causal role in the development of poor health and social outcomes in adulthood. Despite this, research suggests that such experiences go undetected since spontaneous disclosure is unlikely, and practitioners are unlikely to ask. A project was developed in which practitioners were trained to routinely enquire about adversity in their daily practice. Four pilot services took part that worked directly and indirectly with children and young people, many of whom were exposed to multiple adverse experiences. The aim of this study was to construct an understanding of the experiences of these practitioners. Seven interviews were conducted, and the data was analysed using thematic analysis. The emerging themes were: change in knowledge, perception and practice; the emotional impact of hearing and responding to disclosures; confidence in asking and responding appropriately; making sense of the impact for clients; how and when to ask. Findings indicate that participants' change toward more adverse-experience-informed formulations of clients' difficulties ensure commitment to routine enquiry and changes in referral patterns and therapeutic practice. Suggestions are made with regard to the practicalities of routine enquiry and how services can best support practitioners who are embedding this skill into their practice.

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Additional Information: ** From Europe PMC via Jisc Publications Router ** History: ppub 01-07-2019; epub 22-07-2019. ** Licence for this article: cc by-nc-nd
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disclosure, Routine Enquiry, Psychology Adverse Childhood Experiences
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Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2020 16:37
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 10:46
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