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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


  • 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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