ERIC Number: ED471157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-6
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Effects of the World Trade Center Attack on NYC Public School Students: Initial Report to the New York City Board of Education.
This study investigated the mental health needs of New York City (NYC) public school students 6 months after the September 11, 2001 attack. A needs assessment survey was conducted on 8,266 students in grades 4-12 from 94 schools in the Ground Zero area, other presumed high risk areas, and the remainder of NYC. The survey assessed such factors as personal and family exposure to the attack, prior exposure to violence, media exposure, current mental health problems, health effects, prejudice, school performance, student perspectives, and demographics. Results were weighted to reflect the true population of all NYC public school students in grades 4-12. Overall, a broad range of psychiatric disorders at a higher than expected prevalence was observed among NYC school children. Mental health impacts were observed citywide. Factors that placed children at higher risk for posttraumatic stress disorder and potentially other mental health problems following the attack included younger age, personal physical exposure to the attack or stressors resulting from the attack, having a family member exposed to the attack, exposure to previous traumatic events, being female, and being Hispanic or mixed/other ethnicity. Possible factors contributing to resilience of children in Ground Zero schools included high levels of social support, demographics, and lower than average rates of prior exposure to violence. (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Mental Health, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Public Schools, Student Surveys, Terrorism, Urban Schools, Violence
New York City Department of Education, 52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007. Tel: 212-374-6081; Fax: 212-374-5599; Web site: http://www.nycenet.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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