Topic: War And Terrorism

Effects of War on Children: Talking to Children about War, What is Terrorism?

in Health / Mental Health

Vast collection of information on war, terrorism, traumatic events and the effects on children. Includes articles on talking with children about war and terrorism and ways to approach questions such as ‘What is terrorism?’ Discusses the physical and psychological effects of war on children, including information on PTSD, ways to help children cope with war and terrorism, and when and how to seek professional help.


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Gift From Within (GFW) is dedicated to those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Sample topics include: addiction, adoption, auto accidents, childhood and adult sexual victimization, compassion fatigue, coping with a national tragedy, domestic violence and sexual assault, grief, male sexual abuse, partners with PTSD, and PTSD treatment, recovery and healing.

Approximately 70 treatment and research centers from across the United States have joined together to form the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The Network is committed to addressing the full spectrum of child trauma from a developmental and family-centered perspective and to helping children from every ethnic, sociocultural, and economic background. There is also a section in spanish.

Research-based information specifically related to children and terrorism. Advice on talking to children about war and terrorism, psychological effects of war on children, ways parents can help and when to seek professional attention.

Offers "how to" information for parents and teachers regarding talking to children about war and terrorism, such as how to answer ‘What is terrorism?’; other topics include effects of war on children such as trauma and PTSD, attending funerals and memorial services, preventing anger from leading to bias and hate and children and grief.

Zero to Three presents a special section, "Disaster Relief and Trauma," which is specifically designed to address the needs of parents of babies and toddlers after September 11th. Includes articles on how to discuss questions such as ‘What is terrorism?,’ talking to children about war and coping strategies.

Guide for professionals and parents on talking to children about war and traumatic events in general, but applicable to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack and discussing questions such as ‘What is terrorism?’ Information is provided specifically for youth and adolescents.

Information about talking to children about war and disaster, and behaviors to expect after a disaster. Includes information about the effects of war on children – more specifically, the effects of traumatic events, such as terrorism, on mental health.

Research-based information on helping children and youth cope with violence and talking to children about war. Also covers effects of war on children and how children react to trauma and post traumatic stress disorder. Resource links included.

AAP offers information on various forms of terrorism and children under the Topics link. Includes articles on anthrax, smallpox and other effects of war on children.

The Dart Center is a global network of journalists, journalism educators and health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. The Center addresses the consequences of such coverage for those working in journalism and for the general public. For those interested in journalism and trauma issues, the site hosts an interactive, multi-media online curriculum on these topics.