Children’s Hospital: Treatment Includes Parental PTSD

PHILADELPHIA – A new study by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress said a quarter of parents suffer from post-traumatic stress after their child’s accident.

Statistics said that one month after the incident, 27 percent of parents experienced acute stress disorder or significant traumatic stress symptoms, including re-experiencing, avoiding reminders and increased general anxiety or jumpiness. Of the group, 15 percent displayed symptoms more than six months after the injury. To help parents, the hospital set up the website to show parents how they can play a part in recovery, including these printed resources.

“Research consistently shows the important role that parents play in a child’s recovery. So, in addition to all the things parents do to help their child recover, it’s very important that they also take good care of themselves,” said Nancy Kassam-Adams, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and director of the behavioral science core at the hospital’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention, in a press release. The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was established in 1998 to advance the safety of children and young adults through science.

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