Childhood & Adolescence
According to the Centers for Disease Control, traumatic events in childhood can change brain development and how the body deals with stress. The so-called Adverse Childhood Experiences are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness and substance abuse. The National Institute of Justice found that childhood trauma increased the likelihood of criminal behavior in adulthood by 28%.
These are experiences, reflections and other stories mostly by adults about their experiences during their childhood or adolescence. (See Juvenile Justice System for stories about experiences with the criminal justice system).
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