The trauma risk in teens isn’t low. Surveys and research report around 68 percent of adolescents have gone through at least once potentially traumatizing experience by the age 16. While full-blown PTSD isn’t incredibly common, the effects of trauma are. Especially relevant, 1 in 5 of those who have had a potentially traumatizing event will have complications like school issues, emotional difficulties, and more.

A recent study delved into a factor that can possibly increase the trauma risk in teens: ancestors.

Ancestors could increase trauma risk in teens

The study’s participants were just under 47,000 children from Finland who had evacuated to Sweden during WWII. From 1950 to 2010, researchers tracked the health of the offspring of those original children–which ended up being over 93,000 people.  

The study concluded that “the daughters of women exposed to childhood trauma are at increased risk for serious psychiatric disorders.” Furthermore, the increased risk was shown to be about twice as likely to be hospitalized for mental illness and four times as likely to develop a mood disorder.

Possibly most shocking was how male children experienced no increased risk. Women have been found to be more susceptible to the effects of trauma, so this study could inspire more research into why.

Lead author, Torsten Santavirta, explained what this research means for the future:

“The most important takeaway is that childhood trauma can be passed on to offspring and the wrinkle here is that these associations are sex-specific.”

Identifying the signs of trauma in your daughter

Early identification and intervention play a critical role in treatment. Thus, knowing the signs of trauma can give your daughter the best chance to move forward.

Common symptoms of trauma may include:

  • Distancing from family and friends
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Lack of interest in school, friends, family, etc.
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Overreacting to minor irritations
  • Difficulties in concentration, short-term memory, and problem-solving
  • Reckless or dangerous behavior
  • Substance abuse

If you believe your daughter is struggling, it’s imperative to seek out a professional for further guidance.

Solstice East is here to help your daughter

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18. We understand the specific needs of girls, therefore our program centers itself around them. Our students receive help for anxiety, depression, smartphone addiction, trauma, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral problems.

We have a strong emphasis on family therapy, nutrition, physical fitness. Also, we offer a supportive staff, cutting-edge academics, addiction therapy, equine therapy, and psychiatric services. At Solstice, we help set the stage for the infusion of light into the previously darkened lives of the families we serve.

For more information about how we deal with trauma risk in teens at Solstice East, please contact us at 828-484-9946.