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Developmental traumatology: its relevance to forensic adolescent settings

Ernest Gralton (Adolescent Developmental Disabilities, Malcolm Arnold House, St Andrew's Healthcare, Northampton)
Angela Muchatuta (Adolescent Service, Malcolm Arnold House, St Andrew's Healthcare, Northampton)
Jaume Morey‐Canellas (Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry, Malcolm Arnold House, St Andrew's Healthcare, Northampton)
Coro Lopez (Malcolm Arnold House, St Andrew's Healthcare, Northampton)

The British Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 1463-6646

Article publication date: 1 June 2008

Abstract

Recent research including advances in neuro‐imaging indicates a profound effect on brain development as a result of exposure to abuse and neglect in childhood. This new area is called developmental traumatology. Areas of the brain that may particularly be affected are important in arousal control and executive function. Many adolescents presenting to forensic services have histories of neglect and abuse and deficits in key brain developmental functions. The management and treatment options for young people with developmental trauma and forensic needs are explored.

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Gralton, E., Muchatuta, A., Morey‐Canellas, J. and Lopez, C. (2008), "Developmental traumatology: its relevance to forensic adolescent settings", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 33-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636646200800012

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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