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Vulnerable Populations book
Vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly and mentally ill, immigrants, previous trauma survivors and those with substance abuse issues, are at risk of adverse effects from trauma. This chapter focuses on how trauma and vulnerability interact and highlights specific issues for social workers to consider. In preparation for reading the chapter and understanding survivors' vulnerability, tune in to their unique backgrounds. Specific vulnerability factors and tips for working with them are explored in this chapter. The chapter draws attention to the need to assess for both mental illness and substance abuse when working with survivors. Since vulnerable populations have more of a risk of harm from trauma, it is important to work closely with them and to monitor for signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related disorders. Vulnerability decreases safety, so the people must diligently work to increase survivors' safety, making it the number one concern.