Exposure to disaster coverage linked to pediatric PTSD

11/6/2012 | PsychCentral.com

Watching disaster-related coverage was significantly associated with post-disaster symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in children with pre-existing symptoms, according to a study in the journal Psychological Science. Researchers assessed the stress reactions of 141 children in New Orleans to the media coverage of Hurricane Gustav and found that PTSD symptoms before the disaster, perceptions of self-harm and TV viewing of disasters can predict post-disaster PTSD symptoms.

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