Research Article| Volume 43, P98-105, April 2023

Childhood traumas among nursing students and associated factors

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      • Childhood traumas were low among nursing students.
      • Emotional neglect was the most frequently reported type of abuse.
      • There were some factors associated with childhood traumas among nursing students.


      The present study aimed to determine the level of childhood traumas among nursing students and to identify the factors associated with these traumas. This was a cross-sectional study, including 1810 nursing students studying at the nursing department of any university in Turkey. The data were collected using the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire and an online questionnaire consisting of questions related to sociodemographic characteristics. The results of these questionnaires indicated that the level of childhood traumas was low among nursing students and that they had experienced emotional neglect more frequently than sexual abuse. Moreover, this study identified possible factors associated with childhood trauma among these students.

      Practice implications

      Nursing students with a history of trauma or current trauma can be guided to participate in activities that improve their resilience. In addition, specific courses may be included in the nursing education curriculum to increase the awareness on this topic among these students.


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