Post-Traumatic Syndromes in Childhood and Adolescence: A Handbook of Research and Practice

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Chapter Three
The Impact of Lower Magnitude
Stressors on Child and Adolescent
Development: The Family Context

Don Catherall


Introduction

Child abuse and neglect are the most commonly identified internal family stressors affecting children (see Chapter 2 for a discussion on the impact of other factors). However, many other kinds of internal family stressors can have dire consequences for children. These other events are generally lower magnitude traumatic stressors that do not qualify as Criterion A stressors for the PTSD diagnosis. Additionally, these lower magnitude stressors often manifest their influence indirectly by way of mediating variables that may make the stressors’ impact less obvious. This chapter will identify some of the less obvious ways in which lower-magnitude family stressors can have a deleterious impact on the development of children and adolescents.


Small t and large T traumas

The stressors that impact family members can be viewed on a continuum from mild to catastrophic. Within the trauma field, we sometimes refer to these stressors as small t traumas and large T traumas. Large T traumas are major, life-threatening events that satisfy Criterion A of the diagnosis of PTSD. The category of small t traumas refers to events that are also life changing but do not qualify for the stressor criterion of PTSD or acute stress disorder. Included in the small t trauma category are events like divorce, illness, dislocation, and

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