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ERIC Number: ED453501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Pages: 71
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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children Exposed to Man-Made Disasters.
Manix, Mary M.
This paper reviews the literature published in the last 10 years that focused on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children exposed to man-made disasters such as war, school shootings, and the Oklahoma City bombing. As mass violence continues in society, mental health professionals need to be prepared to treat child victims of such disasters. A presentation of the literature on children's exposure to political violence is followed by studies that examined extrafamilial violence. Definitions of relevant terms and a survey of the instruments used in research are followed by a discussion of methodological issues and limitations revealed by the review. Although this review cannot delineate conclusive results, the information is clinically relevant to mental health professionals treating child victims of man-made disasters. The research was consistent in reporting that a significant number of children exposed to man-made disasters do exhibit PTSD symptoms. It suggested that in the absence of treatment the children would continue to suffer from PTSD for years after the disaster. Group techniques were found to be particularly helpful in working with youth who had experienced trauma from a disaster. (Contains 71 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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