Understanding the psychological impact of terrorism on youth: Moving beyond posttraumatic stress disorder

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Abstract

Comer and Kendall's (2007) comprehensive review of the impact of terrorism on youth organizes this important and burgeoning area of research. The present commentary focuses on youth outcomes associated with proximal contact with terrorist attacks, and highlights several important issues that merit attention. Specifically, the commentary emphasizes the importance of examining youths' postattack outcomes broadly (in addition to posttraumatic stress disorder and its symptoms), assessing traumatic grief and bereavement when mass casualties occur, and evaluating issues of comorbidity and functional impairment. Future research on the impact of terrorism on youth would benefit from adopting a developmental psychopathology perspective in understanding variables that may influence and be influenced by youths'; reactions to terrorist events. Implications for research and clinical practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-223
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

Keywords

  • Children and adolescents
  • Disasters
  • Intervention
  • Terrorism
  • Terrorist attacks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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