n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Assessing childhood trauma : a holistic perspective

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



Child abuse is but one cause of trauma on the child. The effects of childhood trauma are not only situated within the child, but also influence those around him / her. This necessitates an assessment that goes beyond the individual in order to ensure meaningful intervention. The aim of this article is to explore, by means of a literature review, the assessment of childhood trauma from a holistic framework in an attempt to move away from focusing only on the individual and also to explore the wider influence of other systems on the individual and vice versa.

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