Trauma reminders and PTSD symptoms in children three years after a terrorist attack in Beslan.

TitleTrauma reminders and PTSD symptoms in children three years after a terrorist attack in Beslan.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsScrimin, S, Moscardino U, Capello F, Altoè G, Steinberg AM, Pynoos RS
JournalSocial science & medicine (1982)
Volume72
Issue5
Pagination694-700
Date Published2011 Mar
ISSN1873-5347
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Child, Female, Humans, Life Change Events, Male, Russia, Social Support, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic, Stress, Psychological, Terrorism, Time Factors
Abstract

As a consequence of a terrorist attack, children may experience trauma-related internal and external reminders that are directly linked to their physical and psychological health. We assessed PTSD and trauma reminders in 58 school-age children three years after the terrorist attack in Beslan, Russia in 2004, as well as their association with degree of exposure, psychological distress and coping. Findings revealed a prevalence of situational trauma reminders associated with high levels of distress in more exposed children. The presence of PTSD was predicted by level of exposure to the attack, frequency of exposure to trauma reminders, and support seeking as a coping strategy. Findings are discussed in light of the socio-political climate in Beslan and distress experienced by the population three years after the attack.

DOI10.1002/jts.20444
Alternate JournalSoc Sci Med