How Childhood Trauma is Expressed Amongst Adolescents: A Bayesian Network Analysis

This week's Physics Education Forum will be led by Valerie Ringland, a graduate student in the School of Social Work. Her recent investigation of the causal link between childhood trauma and behavior later in life revealed some pretty profound statements about trauma and its lasting effects. Also, the Bayesian analysis she conducted on the data set is really cool! Some notes about the talk from Valerie are below:


Indigenous theory suggests that unhealed childhood trauma causes a person to integrate negative and destructive elements into their sense of identity, resulting in negative and destructive behaviors and poor life choices. This theory was tested by a causal Bayesian network analysis of four years of adolescent data from the "Dating It Safe" study led by Dr. Jeff Temple. Results presented will include the strongest indicators of unhealed childhood trauma amongst adolescents, as well as what the causal network revealed about the impact of cultural trauma. An explanation of how the Bayesian network analysis was conducted, pros and cons of this type of analysis of social problems, along with conclusions and policy implications will be discussed.


Please stop by RLM 6.112 at 3pm on Friday if this sounds interesting to you! Tea and cakes will be served!

Friday, November 3 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Robert Lee Moore Hall (RLM), 6.112
2515 SPEEDWAY , Austin, Texas 78712

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