(Photo: John Salangsang, AP)
(Photo: John Salangsang, AP)

Oprah Winfrey said Tuesday that a newfound understanding of childhood trauma has “definitively changed” the way she sees people, the way she wants her school in South Africa to operate, and the way she will direct her future philanthropic efforts.

Winfrey is devoting an upcoming 60 Minutes segment to the epidemic of childhood trauma in America. The problem is most concentrated in urban centers, where exposure to traumatic experiences is an everyday event for children who grow up amid violence, neglect, incarceration, alcohol and drugs, physical and sexual abuse, and hunger. Many live with post-traumatic stress disorder but are neither diagnosed nor treated.

The 60 Minutes segment airs at 6 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

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