Survey takes stock of bombings’ effect on children

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Jonathan Comer, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

A team of Boston University researchers is conducting a survey this summer focusing on Watertown and Framingham parents and teachers to determine whether being geographically close to traumatic events — such as those related to the Boston Marathon bombings — leads children and teens to develop stress disorders…

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“Kids closer to the attack weren’t necessarily showing a large number of symptoms. Due to television and other media exposure, kids could be far away and still meet the criteria for PTSD. The traditional bull’s-eye model, where you have to be closer to the epicenter to have higher symptoms, doesn’t necessarily hold true.”

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