ERIC Number: EJ703448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-1
Reference Count: 27
Responding to Terror: The Impact of September 11 on K-12 Schools and Schools' Responses
Auger, Richard W.; Seymour, John W.; Roberts, Walter B., Jr.
Professional School Counseling, v7 n4 p222 Apr 2004
The terror attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax terror campaign that followed had profound implications not only in the political world but also in the realm of professional school counseling. School counselors nationwide were thrust in the position of responding to a traumatic situation on a scale previously unimaginable within this country. This article highlights the responses provided by school counselors and related helping professionals in schools in a Midwestern state concerning K-12 student and school staff reactions to the September 11 events. The responses were obtained from a research questionnaire administered at a workshop developed in the wake of the terror attacks on the topic of child, adolescent, and family responses to traumatic events. Eighty-nine school counselors and related helping professionals were surveyed regarding the impact on students and staff in K-12 schools regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks. High levels of student distress were found immediately following September 11, with substantially less distress evident 6 weeks later. Schools responded to the events by taking a variety of actions to meet student mental health needs but were much less likely to have acted to meet staff mental health needs. The events of September 11 are etched in the memories of the children, adolescents, and adults worldwide. Learning what we can about the impact of these terrible events on children and schools will better prepare school counselors to respond effectively to both this tragedy and to the inevitable traumas that are yet to occur.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Terrorism, School Counselors, Coping, Mental Health, Health Needs, Crisis Management, School Counseling, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Counseling Techniques
American School Counselors Association, 1101 King St., Suite 625, Alexandria, VA 22314. Web site: http://www.schoolcounselor.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Kindergarten
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States