When Parents Are Injured, Children May Get PTSD

June 4, 2014 6:00 PM

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When Parents Are Injured, Children May Get PTSD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children are susceptible to developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, when their parents are seriously injured, a new study suggests.

Researchers studied 175 pairs of parents and school-age children seen at a Seattle trauma center. They found that uninjured children whose parents were seriously hurt were twice as likely to experience PTSD symptoms months later as those whose parents were uninjured.

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