Major study will untangle complexities of kids' response to trauma

LAWRENCE -- Before reaching age 5, up to 45 percent of children in the United States experience "significant and non-normative" trauma such as maltreatment, chronic stress caused by poverty, exposure to violence at home or in the community, or a parent suffering from an alcohol, drug or psychological problem.

Now, a University of Kansas researcher has earned a $3.7 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to carry out a "gold-standard" study supported by KU's Life Span Institute that will cast new light on how kids deal with traumatic life events.