08/09/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A new study suggests children may be impacted by traumatic events in the same manner as adults. As reported by Time.com, the findings from the study on posttraumatic stress disorder (PSTD) deviates from traditional thought that children suffer less after enduring a traumatic experience and bounce back better than adults.
Child psychologist Claude Chemtob of New York University is quoted in the report as stating of the research on children and disaster, “There is increasing evidence that kids know what is going on if they are directly exposed and see something like planes crashing into the [World Trade Center] towers.”
Child-development researcher Elizabeth Gershoff of the University of Texas at Austin is further quoted as stating of the subject, “It is important that kids have access to mental-health services right after a disaster… We can’t just assume that kids are going to get over it. They need someone who can help them cope.”
More information about the research may be available in the July and August issue of Child Development.
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