353NEWPostTraumatic Life EventsLecture16

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Traumatic Life Events
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Children and War in Contemporary Society Loss and tragedy bring on psychological trauma
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Children deal with increased anxiety in the world today Concerns that their parents are unable to assure their safety In war situations kids have real issues of loss; loss of home, loss of loved ones. Parents also show increased stress.
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Several factors determine responses to war in children Proximity: Identification with injured When kids are exposed to traumatic situations Age, gender & cognitive level Past history/individual differences
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Parental response Realistic worries Bereavement Multiple Stressors:
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Common reactions seen in children in war: Nightmares Clinging Anxiety Crying bouts Physical problems due to lack of medical care Food hoarding behaviors Elective/selective mutism Sleep with lights on
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: enduring psychological disturbance attributed to the experience of a major traumatic event (war, car accident, tornado, abuse and chronic stress conditions now included…)
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  • Fall '08
  • Gaer
  • Psychological trauma, Posttraumatic stress disorder, negative reactions, common reactions, increased anxiety reactions

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