Terrorist attacks put children at risk for PTSD says FIU psychologist Jonathan S. Comer

Children exposed to large amounts of media coverage following a terrorist attack can develop serious mental health difficulties, regardless of their physical proximity to the event, according to FIU psychologist Jonathan S. Comer.

Most recently, Comer studied children who attended the Boston Marathon in 2013 and found they likely developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a rate comparable to that of children who experienced the September 11 terrorist attacks. The findings were published online this week by the journal Pediatrics.

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