Trauma Symptomatology and Self-Esteem among Court-Involved, Female Youth
Keywords:Childhood Trauma, Self-Esteem, Court-Involved Youth, Female Youth, Trauma-Informed Schools
The purpose of this study was to explore how trauma-informed school environments are related to the self-esteem and trauma symptoms of court-involved students. Researchers utilized a secondary analysis of school data gathered from 109 court-involved, female students over three consecutive school years (2012 – 2015). Changes measure in self-esteem and trauma symptoms as a result of a trauma informed teaching intervention were measured using a one group, pre/post-test design while controlling for race and grade level. No significant changes in students’ self-esteem were found; however, students with higher self-esteem were likely to have a greater reduction in trauma symptoms over the course of the school year. Based on the findings, schools should consider the role of socioemotional skill-building and positive self-image when working with court-involved students.
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