Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Impact of Trauma on Ability to Parent

The Birth Parent Subcommittee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has created a series of fact sheets to highlight the importance of understanding the serious consequences that trauma histories can have on birth parents, and the subsequent impact on their parenting.

How can trauma impact parenting?

                Parents’ ability to make appraise danger and make appropriate judgments about their own/their child’s safety can be compromised --  risk of being over/under-protective
                Parent might have difficulty forming and maintaining secure trusting relationships -- leading to disconnection and/or disruption in their children's lives 
                Parent might personalize the child’s negative behavior -- resulting in ineffective or inappropriate discipline. 
                Lack of ability to regulate emotion
                Maladaptive coping strategies -- such as substance abuse or abusive intimate relationships that parents maintain because of a real or perceived lack of alternatives.