MethodsI. Participants: Children with a history of childhood trauma. (N=42)
A. The children have to be aged between 6-16 years. The participants will be selected based on their history of trauma and allowed willingly to accept or refuted being included in the study.
B. All children with different trauma such as rape, poverty, and accidents will be included.
C. The caregivers who have been involved in the provision of care for patients with childhood trauma.
II. Design: cross-sequential design. The design will cater for the limitation of both cross-sectional and longitudinal design. The comparison shall be made of positive control and negative control. The positive control is children who have childhood trauma and negative control children with a normal life.
. The medical record for the participants and feedback from the caregiver.
The information provided by the participants.
Assessment of the different participant through the use of the interview. The assessment results will be documented and compared between children with the child abuse and the those with a normal childhood. The childhood trauma shall be identified through comparison of changes in traits with those outlined in the American Physiological Association. The symptoms for the slowed brain development shall be evident through the MRI scans records and late onset of puberty. More so, other factors such as stress, obesity, maladaptive changes shall be critically analyzed. The principal measure of changes in the behaviors of children shall be guided by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
I. Statistical Analyses
A. t-test to compare the difference in brain changes in development between those children with childhood trauma and the healthy ones.
1. t-test results depict that the children with a history of childhood trauma were significantly affected in the brain development while the normal one had a good brain development. (p<0.05)
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