PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Basic Information and Overview
PTSD in Children and Adolescents
Provides an overview of PTSD in children and adolescents, including common causal events, prevalence, risk factors associated with PTSD and other effects of trauma, course of PTSD in children, and treatment options.
PTSD for Children 6 Years and Younger
Describes the DSM-5 subtype of PTSD called posttraumatic stress disorder in preschool children (ages 6 and younger). Reviews symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment considerations.
Child Measures of Trauma and PTSD
Lists measures for child and adolescent trauma and PTSD. For each measure, a brief description, sample items, versions, and references are provided.
Trauma, PTSD, and Attachment in Infants and Young Children
Discusses epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of trauma-related problems in infants and young children, with a special focus on the role of attachment.
Types of Trauma
Child Sexual Abuse
Defines child sexual abuse and includes information about prevalence, effects, perpetrator characteristics and safety advice.
Terrorist Attacks and Children
Discusses how children respond to events of terrorism, and tips for what professionals and parents can do.
Children in Military Families
How Deployment Stress Affects Children and Families: Research Findings
Discusses research findings on the effects of a parent's deployment on children and spouses. Includes resources for providers and families.
When a Child's Parent Has PTSD
Explains the common problems experienced by children of Veterans or other adults with PTSD. Provides recommendations for how to cope with these difficulties.
Video and Resources
Children and Trauma
Video on the impact of trauma on children and schools, normal and prolonged stress responses, assessment considerations, and intervention models.
Web Links: Children and Adolescents
Links to information specific to children and adolescents dealing with trauma, including general and military-focused organizations and resources.
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