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Half of Afghani children has PTSD

20 August, 2010

At least half of the children who had experienced a traumatic life event were diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. Dr. Claudia Catani of the University of Bielefeld headed a study which addressed the psychological needs of Afghani children.

It found that children who live in Afghanistan were particularly affected by a multitude of war stressors which increase the likelihood of developing PTSD, such as child labour, trauma, family and military violence. They witnessed bombings, abuse, and were exposed to other war stressors on a daily basis. Therefore, the treatment needs to include other factors than war experiences, Catani and her team say.

The research was based on clinical interviews with approximately three hundred Afghan school children.

Read more: Afghani children suffering from post traumatic stress.