169: Dr. Jodi Quas: Communicating with Child Victims of Trauma

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk to Dr. Jodi Quas about children dealing with chronic stress. When helping children who are under chronic stress, we need to realize that many of their behavioral problems are symptoms of the stress, not just because they are poorly disciplined.

Key Points

  • Acute stress is normal, and humans can deal with it and recover quickly. Chronic stress leads to long-term health and behavioral issues.
  • Chronic stress causes many problems in children, and can manifest itself in apparent behavioral issues like inattention.
  • Some of the stress responses that cause problems outside of the home are actually beneficial to surviving in a high-stress home.
  • Children who suffer trauma are more likely to interpret people’s expressions as anger.


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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.
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