ERIC Number: EJ978427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 12
Editors' Conclusion: Child, Youth, and Parent Responses to the Terrorism of September 11, 2001--Implications for Applied Developmental Science and Practice
Aber, J. Lawrence; Gershoff, Elizabeth T.
Applied Developmental Science, v8 n4 p221-225 2004
Even as the events of September 11, 2001 recede into the past, the need for applied developmental science to lend its expertise to assist with one's understanding of and coping with civilian responses to terrorism has never been greater. What has the field learned from studies of the effects of events of September 11th on children, youths, and parents? How do these findings compare to insights from the broader literature on the effects of disasters? What else could be learned from these or similar disastrous events if one organized research differently? And, exactly how important is research in mounting more effective program and policy responses to help children, youths, and families in the face of terrorism? It is to these questions that the authors turn in this conclusion to these two special issues (Volume 8, Issues 3 and 4) of "Applied Developmental Science". For most of America's history, residents of the United States have never had to seriously consider the possibility of conventional interstate war on their soil or the possibility that nonstate terrorists could easily reach them on their soil. Now, the authors argue that the unimaginable has become real, making many other frightening scenarios too easily imaginable, from bombings of other major locations to bioterrorism. They contend that this capacity to imagine anew can be harnessed for Americans' collective advantage if it stimulates the research, practice, and policy imaginations to pursue new solutions to the challenges facing them in this post-September 11th world.
Descriptors: Terrorism, Child Development, Stress Variables, United States History, Violence, Coping, Stress Management, Adolescent Development, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Public Policy, Mental Health, Emotional Response
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Identifiers - Location: United States