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ERIC Number: EJ822926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
Addressing the Psychological Needs of Children and Young People in the Aftermath of the Omagh Bomb
McDermott, Maura; Duffy, Michael; McGuinness, Delia
Child Care in Practice, v10 n2 p141-154 Apr 2004
The largest single incident of the Northern Ireland conflict took place in Omagh on 15 August 1998 when a car bomb exploded in the town centre killing 29 people in addition to two children (unborn twins). Four hundred were injured, 135 were hospitalised and 26 families were bereaved. The Community Trauma and Recovery Team was established following the bombing and was operational for almost three years from August 1998 to May 2001. During this period, there were 130 (83 female, 47 male) referrals of children and young people under the age of 18 years. Most were referred within the first year of the atrocity, with only 18% referred thereafter. Adolescents accounted for over 60% of those referred. Almost 68% were in town at the time of the explosion, 26% were injured and 18% bereaved. The major diagnostic category (47%) was that of post-traumatic stress disorder, followed by depression (13%) and anxiety (3%). Fifteen per cent had more than one diagnosis. The most common form of intervention available was psychodynamically informed psychotherapy followed by cognitive behavioural therapy. Parents were also seen to provide support and information about the impact of trauma on children and young people and given advice regarding management.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)