Author: Aneeza Saeed Qureshi
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar
Year: (2009 – 2011)
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study was conducted to investigate Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms in children exposed to terror attack. It was hypothesized that Direct exposure to traumatic event such as terrorist attack cause symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms in children: b) Girls manifest more post traumatic stress symptoms as compared to boys: c) Younger children manifest of Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms in elder children than younger children. A sample of 50 children (25 girls and 25 boys) was selected. Within subject cross sectional research design was used to assess Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms (PTSS) in children exposed to terror attack. Child PTSD Symptoms Scale (CPSS) was used to detect the presence of (PTSS). The t- test analysis was run to compare the gender differences. The correlation was used to find the relationship between age and post traumatic stress symptoms. Paired sample t-test was used to assess the severity among here subscales. Majority of children experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a consequence of having witnessed terrorist attack. Results also showed that avoidance symptoms of post traumatic stress symptoms are more common in children than other symptoms. Girls showed significantly more post traumatic stress symptoms as compared to the boys. Significant gender differences were found in avoidance. The findings have important implications for the provision of psychological intervention for the children who exposed to trauma events such as attacks.
Keywords: post traumatic stress, terror attacks, children.
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