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Trauma can be caused by several factors and experiences, some more obvious than others. To fully understand and help an individual who is experiencing trauma, one must go beyond the experience and fully investigate and understand the cause(s) of an individual's trauma. Understanding the cause or causes might provide vital clues in developing ways and tools for working with the trauma itself, enabling a person to manage his or her symptoms of trauma, as well as bringing to the person's awareness the original causes that may result in retraumatization.

This entry introduces the causes of trauma, focusing on the following areas: conceptualization of the causes of trauma, emotional and psychological trauma, spiritual trauma, and cultural trauma. Also provided is an overview of other causes of trauma ...

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