The News About Childhood Trauma: Findings and Implications

Title: The News About Childhood Trauma: Findings and Implications

Date Recorded: March 16th, 2016

Description: How can advocates and practitioners get better at talking about childhood trauma, why it matters, and how to end it? An important first step is to understand what the public, and policymakers, know about the issue – and what they don’t know. News coverage helps us understand that public conversation. Berkeley Media Studies Group analyzed recent news coverage, and explored questions like: What does national news about childhood trauma look like? Whose perspectives are included, and whose are left out? How do solutions appear? Join us to learn more about BMSG’s analysis and the implications for advocates eager to shift the conversation towards solutions.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how childhood trauma is framed in the news
  • List at least two steps that they can take to improve the media conversation around childhood trauma
  • Identify opportunities to create news about childhood trauma


Pamela Mejia, MS MPH, Senior Media Researcher, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Questions? Please contact Mie Fukuda at