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ERIC Number: EJ978423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-1088-8691
Exposure to Trauma and Separation Anxiety in Children after the WTC Attack
Hoven, Christina W.; Duarte, Cristiane S.; Wu, Ping; Erickson, Elizabeth A.; Musa, George J.; Mandell, Donald J.
Applied Developmental Science, v8 n4 p172-183 2004
The impact of exposure to the World Trade Center attack on children presenting separation anxiety disorder (SAD) 6 months after the attack was studied in a representative sample of New York City public school students (N = 8,236). Probable SAD occurred in 12.3% of the sample and was more frequent in girls, young children, and children who previously had been exposed to traumatic situations. Probable SAD was highly comorbid with probable posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Direct exposure to the attack or to television coverage of the attack was associated with probable SAD or number of SAD symptoms, whereas proximity to Ground Zero or family member exposure were not. The identified pattern of associations existed independently of a child having probable PTSD. SAD should be considered among the conditions likely to be found in children after a large-scale disaster. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York