How Terrorism Affects Children

After the recent attack on the Syrian army in Deir Ezzor, We decided to look at what the effect of terrorism has had on children in the ongoing Syrian conflict. After witnessing a traumatic event over, 40% of children can develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) this disorder can cause people to mishear things that aren’t real like a car back fires and they think it is a bomb. You can see the effect most in people who came back from ww1 that. PTSD can last over 15 years after the experience.

Risk Factors That May Increase Adjustment Problems for Children

  • Intense or prolonged exposure to the event, including geographic proximity
  • Witnessing or sustaining an injury
  • Perceiving a threat to themselves or loved ones
  • Other major life stressors, such as parental divorce or the death or hospitalization of a family member
  • Death of parents, siblings, or close friends
  • Having parents who are traumatized themselves by the event
  • Disruption in daily routines, residence, or school

Protective Factors That May Help Promote Coping and Positive Adjustment

  • Strong social support from families, teachers, and the community
  • Parental coping and support for the child
  • Economic resources to facilitate the family’s adaptation
  • Prior low levels of anxiety and depression
  • Positive, adaptive coping and problem-solving skills
  • Prior successful academic achievement
  • Ability to understand the events based on age and developmental level

Terrorism is wide spread and many people agree that it has a massive impact around children as children can be affected by terrorism very harshly and are not old enough to deal with the stress and the aftermath of the attacks.

Article written by: Matthew

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