Trauma affects adolescents by changing the way the brain works. As the brain does not stop developing until the age of 25 the trauma you experience will keep affecting your brain in a negative way. Usually, adolescents around the age of 16, puberty is developing the part of the brain that deals with social skills. This usually means you are at a critical age to make decisions affecting who you will be from here on out. Most times teens will have outlets, such as sports and other after school activities, where mentors nurture their social skills and therefore help them to make better choices. If teens don’t have the money that is unfortunately required for these activities, they feel their choices are limited and will choose negative options that reflect their social standing.
Trauma can also include witnessing violent events, like war or domestic abuse, and if the person in questions still in the age range where their brain is developing, they are more likely to get used to this type of trauma and become desensitized to it. Men and women will also look at these events differently and process it differently. Issues that occur at younger ages tend to affect both genders well into their adulthood. Both parents and children alike should take care to be sure the better choices are made, regardless of upbringing or background.
We will exam the exposure of adolescent trauma, which can lead to violence, school failure and gang membership. Including understanding how violence can affect brain maturation and increase youth risk factors.