PhD

My PhD is predicated on the fact that the inescapable maltreatment of children in South Africa has reached epidemic proportions, with reports of children being sexually molested reaching the media daily. These number does not include those that are physically and verbally maltreated or traumatised in any other way such as a death in the family. Frequently, the response to traumatised children is that children are resilient, as physiological adaptation by the endocrine and immune systems to any stressor is a normal process. However, we have become aware of the fact that severe and/or ongoing trauma alters the immune and endocrine system.


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