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Study Finds Resilience Among Preschoolers Post 9/11
In a study conducted eight to 10 months after the attacks of September 11, 2001, TC psychologist Philip Saigh found no evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among preschool-aged children who were within a mile of the World Trade Center on that day and who were exposed to at least one traumatic event.
The findings suggest that the trauma-exposed children were relatively resilient to the events of 9/11. They also suggest that the diagnostic threshold for PTSD in the fourth edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), may be too high for preschool children.
“Very little empirical research has addressed the functioning of preschool children after 9/11, and I believe the outcomes are important,” says Saigh, Professor of Psychology and Education.
Saigh’s study was recently published in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy (Vol. 3, No. 2, 109–116), a journal of the American Psychological Association.
Published Monday, Sep. 12, 2011