Volume 33, Issue 1 (2004)
Childhood Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis, Treatment, and School Reintegration
Abstract. Childhood, in our culture, does not preclude exposure to trauma. Sexual abuse, physical abuse, natural disaster, urban violence, school violence, and terrorism result in significant numbers of children with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)symptomatology. Many factors contribute to symptomatic expression, with some children showing few effects and others being unable to return to school. School psychologists should have a basic understanding of the impairing effects of PTSD,assessment tools, treatment options, and school reintegration planning. Specifically,this article explicates the prevalence and etiological factors related to PTSD. Assessment tools, therapeutic techniques, and school reintegration are discussed.
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