Post-traumatic distress in israeli adolescents exposed to ongoing terrorism: Selected findings from school-based screenings in jerusalem and nearby settlements

Ruth Pat-Horenczyk*

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Abstract

This article examines the impact of exposure of ongoing terrorism on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, functional impairment, somatization, and depression among Israeli adolescents in the context of the Al Aqsa Intifada. An in-school screening of 1,010 adolescents was conducted in Jerusalem and nearby settlements that were subjected to intensive terrorist attacks. The screening procedure proved effective in identifying posttraumatic distress and triaging students for school-based treatments. The relationship between level of exposure and gender and the psychological sequelae, the differences between adolescents in Jerusalem and the settlements, and the role of spirituality and community are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Trauma of Terrorism
Subtitle of host publicationSharing Knowledge and Shared Care, An International Handbook
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages335-347
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781136747052
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2005 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • PTSD
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Screening
  • Terrorism
  • Trauma

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