Earlier versions of this paper were presented to the First European Conference on Traumatic Stress Research, Lincoln, 30 August, 1988, and to the World Congress of Behavior Therapy, Edinburgh, 5 to 10 September, 1988.
Post-traumatic stress reactions in children†
Version of Record online: 19 FEB 2006
Copyright © 1990 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 3, Issue 2, pages 279–295, April 1990
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Yule, W. and Williams, R. M. (1990), Post-traumatic stress reactions in children. J. Traum. Stress, 3: 279–295. doi: 10.1002/jts.2490030209
- Issue online: 19 FEB 2006
- Version of Record online: 19 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 AUG 1989
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Surprisingly, far less is known of the manifestations of post-traumatic stress reactions in children than in adults. Research over the past 10 years has begun to describe phenomena very similar to PTSD in adults, particularly among young adolescents. This paper will briefly review recent research and will describe our own experiences working with children who survived the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry disaster. Attention will be paid not only to the reactions of the children, but also to the reactions of their families, and to problems experienced subsequently at school. An account will be given of two therapeutic groups run in parallel for children and parents. It is concluded that children, at least in the 8- to 16-year age range, show problems very similar to adult PTSD, but that these will not be picked up by commonly used screening instruments.